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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:
- "affidavit of claim" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "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)
- "affidavit " (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.
- 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: Oscar William < www.@titan.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: Oscar William <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2018 00:23:33 +0900 (JST)
Subject: FUND APPROVAL
Congratulations, This is to inform you that the payment approval of of $2.5 Million dollar has been sign from the Supreme Court of the United States on your behalf, the fund is made for the compensation of AFRICA SCAM VICTIMS, the Supreme Court is the highest federal court of the United States. Established pursuant to Article Three of the United States Constitution in 1789, it has ultimate appellate,
you can confirm this from the Supreme Court official web site www.supremecourt.gov to see the Approval Certificate and affidavit of Claim Certificte which was issued in your name as the legitimate owner and beneficiary of the fund the total sum $2.500,000.00, type www.supremecourt.gov
the approval of the Certificate confirm that you will not ask to pay any money before you will receive your fund $2.5 million dollar from Bank Of America (BOA), headqauter www.bankofameica.com
the only money you need to pay is $100 dollar which will be use to register your name and address to the Attorney office before the Documeents will sign and taking to the bank from the supreme court registrar office. for more information type www.supremecourt.gov
Pls if you are not the real owner of this email address then do not reply to this mail,but if you re the real owner then contact OSCAR WILLIAMS and send him your information ill your informaon belllow
Beneficiary name ---------------Glenn Anthony Contreras II
Date of Birth------------1/11/87
what you need to do is to contact Oscar Williams on his email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Am waiting for your reply with the payment information,
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