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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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- 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.
- 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. Micheal Jonest" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 18:28:05 +0100
Subject: Contact him now
I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay. Presently I'm in
Paraguay 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, I want you to contact Rev. Father Marlon Mayor, ask him to send to you a total sum of $2,500,000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts you did to assist me in the transaction. I appreciated all your efforts at that time, that was why i decided to compensate you now.
In my search for a trusted one that will send the $2,500,000.00 in an ATM Visa card to you as my departure was impromptu, I handed the ATM card to (Rev. Father Marlon Mayor) at the Holy Cross Cathedral convent. Kindly Contact him with your detailed address where to send by Courier service the ATM and also your mobile or Telephone for facilitated communication. The email and Telephone number of the Reverend father are (email@example.com ) and ( +22997472791) respectively.
Feel free to Discuss with him the modality to send your Compensation ATM to your address as soon as possible.Make sure you contact him now to avoid deactivation of
your ATM due to delay.
Mr. Micheal Jones