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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Edwin George <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 12:30:07 -0700
Subject: Next of Kin
Compliment of the day.
How are you doing today my friend? My name is Edwin George, A reputable banker.
One of our late client Mr Victor who happen to bear the same name with
you left a hug sums of money in our bank and he has no next of kin to
claim the money,
I was his accounting officer and our bank management have ask me to
look for his next of kin to claim the money that is why i contacted
you so that i will use your name and information to apply to our bank
so that the money will transfer to your account so that both of us
will sharer it 50/50
So if you are ready to co operate with me, then you get back to me so
that i will send you the details, the amount involve and the
I am waiting your reply