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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: "Anna Weng" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2018 16:19:40 -0400
Subject: May the Good Lord be with you Amen
My dearest beloved
I trust that you are in good condition of health, and I hope you are having a fun filled day?
I am sorry that I have to reach out to you in this manner without formal introduction. My name is Anna Weng, I have a very important issue that would love to discuss with you which bothers on a humanitarian project.
It is my honest opinion that we are divinely brought together for this project. I will give you more details concerning this project as soon as I receive your reply with the following information
Your direct phone number
Your full home address
May the good Lord continue to bless you and your household as you respond to this short email.
May the Good Lord be with you Amen
Mrs. Anna Weng