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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Suzara Maling Wan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2021 15:57:32 +0900
Subject: Mrs Suzara Maling Wan
i am Mrs Suzara from (Philippine) but based in West Africa Country
since eight years as a business woman dealing with gold exportation, I
have a dream and desire of building an orphanage home in your country,
and i have a deposit fund to the project, but
presently my health condition we not allow me to carry out the project
my self, now my doctor has already told me that I have just few period
of time to leave because of my ovarian cancer disease, can you help
fulfill this project.
If you have the mind to help me in this project, contact me privet
email address for more details on the way forward
With kind Regards,
Mrs Suzara Maling Wan