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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: CATHOLIC CHARITY DONATIONS <www.@docomonet.jp>
Date: Wed, 07 Apr 2021 12:01:44 +0900
Subject: CATHOLIC CHARITY DONATIONS
This is Bishop Barry C Knestout from Catholic charities of Eastern Virginia USA 5361 Virginia Beach Blvd A, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, United States
This fund is from our ministry at catholic charities we help people, regardless of their faith, who are struggling with poverty and any complex issue and with the support of our member agencies in our network we donate the sum of $6.4 billion dollar this year and we are giving each person the sum of $4.2million dollars which your among the lucky one
Mean while please kindly verify your information where you will like to receive your fund such as,
1Your Full Name;_____
3Your Home Address;____
4Your Nearest Airports;___
You can as well contact Rev John Clifford on text.
BISHOP BARRY C KNESTOUT