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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Evelyn Jaxon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2019 13:30:35 +0000
Subject: GREETINGS MY BELOVED
Good day my beloved,how are you doing.
I'm Mrs Evelyn Jaxon writing to you from hospital where i was admitted
because of blood cancer to inform you about a fund of $2.8m US Dollars
that i want to donate for charity project and orphanage home through
your help, my fear is about what the doctor informed me, after series of
test on me that i may not live long because the sickness and i'm afraid
of losing this fund to the wicked government here.This fund was
inherited from my late husband Mr. Nathaniel Jaxon a successful business
man, we are successfully married with no child before his sudden death
on august 19 2012.
I choose to contact you for this fund because i feel that you are the
rightful person that can handle this fund to achieve this dreams of
donating the fund to charity homes, because these have been my dreams
since i got no child that can inherit this fund, i decide to donate the
fund to a charity home. So i will appreciate your honesty and courage
towards these to help me achieve this dreams.
As soon as i receive your message regarding your interest toward this
good work of God to help the charity home and the less privileges i will
give you more details about this fund.
Please i need your urgent attention as i look forward to hear from you
MAY GOD BLESS YOU
HAVE A BLESSED DAY