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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.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Jean Baba" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 10:44:31 +0000
Please, i Want to introduce my self on this business opportunity to
you My name is Mr.Jean Baba, A Fiduciary bank Attorney At Law. i wish
to know if we can work together.
I Would like you stand as the surviving beneficiary to my deceased
client (Engr) Who made some deposit of ($10.5 Million) He died
without leaving any WILL and any registered next of kin and as such
the funds now have open beneficiary mandate.
Kindly get in touch with me through my email address
(email@example.com) with your information For more guild lines to
the repartition of this fund.
FULL NAME :
INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OR DRIVERS LICENSE :
PERSONAL PHONE NUMBER:
PERSONAL FAX NUMBER:
Mr.Jean Baba Esq.