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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:
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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: "Mrs. Marin Witt" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2017 19:08:19 -0500
Subject: HELLO! Our Victim Payment Solution.
For those of us that have not yet received their victim payment you need to read this, yes I know we dont know each other but you need the truth, I am Mrs. Marin Witt, from North Carolina USA, I was one of the victims that was promised a compensation payment by Nigeria Government many years ago, I had tried in different ways to get it but all to know avail, more trying made me lose so mush thousands of $ to scammers, some time ago I got a mail from Michael Millard in Fl telling me to contact a barrister in Nigeria if I havent receive my fund, Honestly I thought it was another trick of scam, but finally I decided to give it a try by contacting the barrister on the address I saw in the mail, I am sorry that I had to tell you my past but I had to because I know many of us must have been in the same situation I was,
Today I am very happy to tell the world and people that cares to listen that I have finally received my fund through this barrister, honestly I still can't believe this because I have tried so many ways through so many group and NOTHING happened, I had lost thousands of $ to different people, offices, Banks like CBN BANK, UBA BANK, FIRST BANK, ZENITH BANK and yet received NOTHING,
But through this barrister I only paid $520.00 to obtain my fund permit and my fund was wired to my account, you can imagine how foolish I was for 9 years trying to get this fund, I am emailing you to please stop any dealing you have or having with anyone contacting you for any kind of payment because they will only took the advantage of you and left you broke, many of us have lost thousands of Dollars trying to get our fund but because of not been able to contact the right office we ended up dealing with scammers, today here is the solution if you must receive your payment, contact this barrister before its too late, his Email contact is email@example.com
Mrs. Marin Witt