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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:
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Jeff Williams" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2019 15:04:38 -0700
Subject: From Apple Phone Company.
From Apple Phone Company.
This is to inform the 6 beneficiary who approved by Apple Phone Company Official meeting hold at Washington DC the capital city of United State of America to compensate sum of $750,000.00 United State Dollars each person, just to retain the good image of this company Apple Phone Worldwide. Be infirm that this fund will be transfer in your account Or through catchier check , Or Through Wal-Mart to Wal-Mart , meanwhile you have to make a choice and foreword your details such as below.
Full name: ........
Phone #: ..........
Phone #: ..........
For your information you will pay sum of $50 for claiming and stamping fees of the award document file. The only method to send these fees is to go and get i tune card Steam card, or google play gift card
of $50 and foreword the scan copy of it to us immediately in order to transfer your total $750,000.00 United State Dollars.
Note: Your only responsibility is to send i tune card of $50 only for claiming and stamping fees of the award document.
As soon as you complied with the instructions, your total fund of $750,000.00 United State Dollars will be transfer to you according to your preferable option.
Mr. Jeff Williams
Call Or SMS; (206) 319-5341