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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:
- "hundred thousand us 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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs.lucia brook <INFO@USA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2021 01:31:51 -0800
Subject: YOU ARE ADVICED TO STOP COMMUNICATING WITH THEM.
After several investigations and research at internet database we find you among those that have been defrauded and this proves that you have truly been
swindled by scammers in the hope of getting one fund or the other that is not real.We are working together with National Security agencies to track every
fraudsters down,do not respond to their e-mails,letters and phone calls any longer as they are scams and you should be very careful to avoid being a victim
to fraudsters any longer because they have nothing to offer you but to rip-off what you have worked earnestly hard to earn.
The sum of Two Million Seven Hundred Thousand US Dollars (US$2.7M USD) should be transferred to you as compensation for been defrauded.Be warned! Stop all
communication with them.
We have deposited your fund at payment agent location where the investigation started.Reconfirm your information to them so they can be sure of the person
they are paying.
Contact the payment agent office through this email address stated below;
Contact person: Mr.ROBERT JONES