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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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: JAMES HOPE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 04:10:23 -0700
Subject: CONTACTFOR DELIVERY OF YOUR ATM CARD
DIDN'T FORGET YOUR PAST EFFORT OF TRYING TO HELPING ME.
,I am not happy with my secretary NAME: Miss Ruth Moore because for
long now I did not know that you have not receive the VISA CARD which
I keept WITH my secretary for her to send to you but today I heard
that the VISA CARD is still with her and contact her for the VISA CARD
which is under his care for long now I want you to contact my
secretary Miss Ruth Moore This is to thank you for your past effort
and kindly assistance. The money has been transferred into an account
provided by a newly found business partner of mine from Sweden. I wish
to compensate you for your past assistance, effort and commitments
that time to help me out. I have arranged with issued an ATM CARD
valid at USD$1.6 Million Dollars for your compensation. I am in INDIA
right now to establish some business and buying some properties. So I
want you to Contact him then send her your information as follows
below to enable her send you the ATM MASTER CARD .please bear with her
because I am not around.
A copy of your ID CARD â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦..
So contact him now on this email address below and send her the above
information mentioned to enable her send the ATM MASTER CARD to you
immediately. if possible you can call her on his phone number also
there in for urgent service. Name; NAME: Miss Ruth Moorek Email
phone number +22998185006
Shipment Code: TLD/00987-887641
Parcel Number: 9972201-003
Have a blessed day,
MR James Hope