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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "00,000.00" (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.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: MacKenzie Scott <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 04 May 2021 23:24:19 +0900
Subject: Donation from Ms. MacKenzie Scott
Hello My Dear,
My name is MacKenzie Scott Tuttle, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, I am an American novelist and philanthropist. I believe strongly in 'giving while livingâ. I had one idea that never changed in my mind which says that you should use your wealth to help people and I have decided to give $2,900,000.00USD (Two Million Nine Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to randomly selected individuals worldwide. On receipt of this email, you should count yourself as one of the lucky individuals.
Your email address was chosen online while searching at random. Kindly get back to me at your earliest convenience before I travel to Japan for my treatment so that I will know your email address is valid. Email me at (email@example.com)
Thank you for accepting our offer, we are indeed grateful. Please don't hesitate to visit My Website below to know more about me, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacKenzie_Bezos
God bless you.