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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 SOUIMI" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2019 10:52:01 -0700
Subject: Critical notice for you
I am Tayeb Souami, June 2018 <$315 Million Power-ball Jackpot Lottery winner> I have deemed it necessary to donate the sum. of USD 1,000,000 to you, to show appreciation to God and Power-ball for the opportunity I got in a lifetime. Mind you, it is not a regular circulation neither did I make this public, it's the direct contribution from me to you by my financial adviser.
However, for more insight and to receive this cash grant, please let me know Mind you, and this is not a regular circulation, IT IS NOT A HOAX OR A SCAM EMAIL IT IS REAL
if in doubt visit the link below
You might ask how and why I selected you it was by random email selection from google and I got your email address myself I want to change your life too from my winning.
reply to me with your acceptance if you wish to accept my donation to you
Thank you and Accept my congratulations once again!
Power-ball Jackpot Winner.
NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, do not panic, that is because of the restrictions implemented by service providers because of the link included