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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:
- "top secret" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: SANDRA DEWI <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2021 23:28:21 -0800
Subject: waiting for your answer
My name is Mrs Sandra Dewi, I have a genuine deal/transaction only if you
are interested to execute this ordeal with me. I work with UNITED BANK
OF AFRICA UBA BANK OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASO
there is an account which has been dormant for over period of years
worth Fifteen Million Euro 15 million,
After proper investigation over the account, I discovered that the
owner of the account is no longer in existence, I wish to use my power
and present you as the next of kin to this said account so that we
both can handle the transfer transaction and share the funds at ratio
of 50% goes to me while 50% goes to you.Also we share both the expenses
Be rest assure that this transaction will be handled over supervision
and protocols of all legal steps and no legal implications will be
involved. If you can handle this transaction with trust, kindly revert
to me by introducing your self so that we can proceed in good faith.
Meanwhile, be rest assured that this offer is RISK-FREE but due to my
status in the society, you are required to keep this offer strictly
confidential and top secret. Kindly oblige me your full names, private
e-mail address, your age, contact phone number, your profession and
PLS IF YOU ARE NOT READY TO SHARE WITH ME THE COST OF EXPENSES NO Need TO
WASTE YOUR TIME TO REPLY THIS MAIL, ARE YOU CAPABLE , YES OR NO
Hoping to read from you soon. Reply me here my email:
Mrs Sandra Dewi