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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:
- "million british pounds" (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)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- 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: "Mrs. Hillary Agnes" <Agneshen@msn.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2020 10:41:50 +0200
Subject: -Please Call Me,
Hello My Dear One, You are my only hope.
This is importantly urgent and it my reason of contacting, but however, kindly reply quickly enough. I have initially sent you massage twice to this particular email address but, I have not received your reply. It will be good if you could kindly let me know if this your email address is still active and working and I will resend it to you again if you confirmed to me that you have not received my previous messages. It is very urgent, please my sweet dear.
Actually, the reason I tried severally to reach you is because I am willing to donate and change my WILL to your names to benefit the sum of GBP£12.5, million British pounds, for the help of the less privileged and homeless and old age people as well as the in your country and other countries of your choice of which you will be responsible in taking care of the disbursement and sharing of this money to organizations that I will appoint. Meanwhile, you will also get 30% of the money which will be; Three million, seven hundred and fifty thousand Great British Pounds (£3,750,000GBP) as your compensation for helping me fulfill this desire of donation.
Quickly do your best to get back to me as soon as possible once you received this message, this is because my health condition in the hospital here is critical and I do not have much hope to live longer as the doctors reports have indicated. The cancer (leukemia) has overwhelmed my body and blood system. It is really critical on me as I am speaking to you.
May the Grace and Love of GOD Almighty be with you and your family.
I wait for your quick response with your direct contact details of your email address and direct phone number. kindly reply to me with this email address ( email@example.com )
Please Call Me As Quickly As You Receive This Message (+44-78-6586-7855)
I wait for your urgent reply.
Mrs. Agnes Hilary.
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