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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 message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 08 Dec 2020 14:13:42 +0000
Subject: Good News to you,
To fill it out, visit:
My Good Friend,I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting
those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Austria
Presently i'm in Austria for investment projects with my own share of
the total sum. meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts
to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.
Now contact my pastor in Ivory coast his name is Pastor David Delmotte ,
through his e-mail( email@example.com )
Ask him to send you the ATM CARD total of $400.000.00 which i kept in for
your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in
this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel
free and get intouched with my Pastor David Delmotte and instruct him
where to send the ATM CARD to you.
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the
joy after all the sufferness at that time. in the moment, I'm very busy
here because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are
having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my
pastor David Delmotte on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to
send your mobile telephone and address where your ATM CARD to pastor David
Delmotte on the above email, he will send the ATM CARD to you without any
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