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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",000,000" (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Tayeb Souami" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 05:13:30 -0800
Subject: CONGRATS AM GIFTING YOU $1,000,000 FROM MY JACKPOT WINNING.
I am Tayeb Souami, June 2018 $315 Million Powerball Jackpot Lottery winner. I have deemed it necessary to donate the sum
of $1,000,000 USD to you, to show appreciation to God and Powerball for the opportunity I got in a lifetime. Mind you,
this is not a regular circulation neither did I make this public, it's the direct contribution from me to you to be given
to you by my financial adviser. However, for more insight and to receive this cash grant, please let me know if you except
Powerball Jackpot Winner.
for confirmation view this link
NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, do not panic, that is because of the restrictions implemented
by your Internet/Email Service Provider.