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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.
- 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: "SR. James Fisher" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2018 13:16:17 -0000
Subject: LEIA COM CALMA.
Ola Bom Dia,
Como Ã© tudo com vocÃª, eu escrevi vocÃª hÃ¡ dois dias esperando que vocÃª
respondesse no que diz respeito Ã informaÃ§Ã£o de urgÃªncia que recebi. De
qualquer forma, nÃ£o sei se vocÃª o recebeu ou nÃ£o, Ã© por isso que estou
enviando esse lembrete sobre um empreendimento que eu gostaria de lidar
com vocÃª. US $ 11,5 milhÃµes estÃ£o envolvidos. Mas tenha a certeza de que
tudo Ã© legal e livre de riscos, jÃ¡ que concluÃ todos os arranjos e os
documentos legais que irÃ£o dar uma volta Ã transaÃ§Ã£o. Por favor, indique o
seu interesse em me permitir contar mais detalhes sobre a proposta.
Volte para mim para obter mais detalhes, se vocÃª estiver interessado e
capaz de lidar com este projeto:
Com os melhores cumprimentos,
Sr. James Fisher