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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: INFO INFO <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2021 06:35:22 +0100
Subject: CAN YOU WORK WITH ME
I feel quite safe dealing with you in this business proposition having gone
through your remarkable profile on the internet and as one of the leading
profit oriented companies which I intend investing part of my money into
any profitable business you will introduce.
Though, this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach
you through it because it still remains the fastest, surest and most
secured medium of communication.However,this Correspondence is unofficial
and private, and it should be treated as such.Before I introduce myself,I
wish to inform you that this letter is not a hoax or Scam mail and I urge
you to treat it with the seriousness it deserves. I also guarantee you that
this business is free from all what you may think of.
I am Steven B. Steve Kravitz An Australian by Nationality, I am the Audit
Director to Sun-trust Bank 303 Peach tree St. N.E. Atlanta, GA 30308 USA,
There is this amount of forty-Nine Million seven hundred and fifty thousand
USD (US$ 49.750,000, 00 DOLLARS). that was kept in my custody for years ago
and the depositor died without next of kin, please I need your assistance
for the transferring of this fund to your bank account as the next of kin
for both of us benefit for life time investment,
I have every detail to make the bank believe you and release the fund to
you within 5-7 banking working days with your full co-operation with me .
Note/ 50% for you why 40% is for you and 10% will be set aside to offset
any expenses. contact me if interested, Contact me directly to this email
Mr.Steven B. Steve Kravitz