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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:
- "million dollars" (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)
- ",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)
- "00,000.00" (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.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
Date: Thu, 06 Aug 2020 06:47:03 +0200
Subject: Donation for Investment
My name is Sofia Guang Blaschke. I am the wife of the owner of Luen Yick Mfg Co Ltd Wuhan China.I am in hospital suffering from covid 19 (corona virus).I am in the intensive care unit and the doctor told me that I may not survive.My husband died of covid 19 and his wish before he died is to help other people affected by covid19 and invest in the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help stop the spreading of the Covid19 virus.
However, I came across your details on the internet while searching for a reliable person to help me to achieve my husband wish by helping people affected by covid19 and invest in your country.It will be in my interest to transfer this fund worth $5,000,000.00 (Five million dollars) in a bank account for you to support the people affected by Covid19 in your country and invest the rest.Can you be of help? If you are interested and ready to help please contact our financial officer so that she can guide you through to receive the money .See her contact details below:
Name Chen Shun
Company -Lexin Financial Consultant
Direct phone: +86 755 3637 8008
Address-26th Floor No. 3099 Keyuan South Road Nanshan District
Luen Yick Mfg Co Ltd Wuhan China
10/F Flat F Block 2, Kings-ford Ind'L