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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",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)
- "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)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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: Mr David Mark <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 03:55:56 -0800
Subject: GOOD DAY....
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope
this mail meets you in a perfect condition.You may not understand why
this mail came to you. But if you do not remember me, you might have
received an email from me in the past regarding a multi-million-dollar
business proposal which we never concluded.I am using this opportunity
to inform you that the multi-million-dollar business has been
concluded with another person who financed it to a logical conclusion.
I thank you for you're great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund
into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you.
But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund
out of the bank to my new partner's account in China that was capable
of assisting me in this great venture.
Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed
during the course of the transaction I want to compensate you and show
my gratitude to you with the sum of $2,000,000.00. I have left an ATM
CARD for you worth $2,000,000.00 cash able anywhere in the world. My
dear friend I will like you to contact my secretary: Rev.Father James
Ubaka , for the collection of this ATM CARD.
I have authorized him to release the ATM CARD to you as soon as you
contact him regarding this issue. At the moment, I am very busy here
in China for investment with my new partner. Please I will like you to
accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my
heart. Also comply with Rev.Father James UKaka so that he will send
the ATM CARD to you without any delay, contact him on the below
Name: Rev. Father James UKaka
Address: No 4 Ikeja drive dolphins Lagos-Nigeria
Phone: +234 9073401783
Please reconfirm the below information.
1. Your full names
2. Your house address
3. Youâre direct Telephone number
4. A Copy of your identity card.
Thanks and God bless you and your family, hope to hear from you soon.
Mr David Mark.