fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
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:
Date: Sun, 10 May 2020 00:26:14 +0000
How are you and how's your family? We know the world is facing an unprecedented challenge with communities and economies everywhere affected by the growing COVID-19 pandemic.
I am in search of a business partner and a philanthropist, who wants to remain anonymous presented by me. My name is Jang SaeJeong ; I am 56 years old from the Republic Of Korea. A financial manager with global finance bank in America.
Yes, I contacted you to solicit your assistance in a transfer of multi-millions of dollars business that will benefit both of us. As an officer of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money thus; I am compelled to request your assistance, since your last name matched to receive this money into your bank account.
I intend to part 35% of this fund to you while 65% will be for me. I do need to stress that there is practically no risk involved in this. It is going to be a bank to bank transfer because of your last name matched.
Hence, I urge you to respond to this mail and willing to cooperate with me.
Have a nice day and stay safe.