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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.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.MARTINEZ MONICA" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 9 May 2020 23:13:34 +0000
Subject: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU
I know that this mail might be a surprise to you, but i plead that you
take a little time to read this it, if it is something you can
handle, then you reply me.
I work with one of the leading banks in my country, and i have worked
with this bank for more than 11yrs, There is an abandoned sums of
money in an account belonging to one of our customers, i tried to
investigate to know why the account is dormant for years without any
finacial operation with the account, then i found out that the owner
of the said account was involved in a motor accident which claimed his
life and the life of his wife and two children leaving no one to claim
the fund as next of kin, this make the account open to any one that
can come with a vitel information to claim the fund.
I know much about the existence of this fund and the secrets
urrounding this money. But before I disclose the full details to you,I
will like to know your interest and willingness to assist me in
claiming this fund, if you are willing then revert back to me with
Private Email ID............
Private Phone no..........
for further confidential details about the said fund. Thanks and hope
to hear from you soon, note that this is risky free, trouble free and
Reply me with my private email id for onward process