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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:
- "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.
Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2021 00:12:13 +0100
This funds are already in Canada ready for investment.
My name is Joseph Zadari and it happen to be the first child of Chief James Zadari a rich and famous man who died sometime in 2018, I am 18 years old, after his death we discovered he had large sum of money $145 Million Dollars (One hundred and forty five million dollars) in a bank in CANADA now we have been able to have access to this bank but i cannot collect this money until when i am 25years old but can get someone who will be able to receive this money for investment and help us to build our lives again,This is strictly bank to bank transaction
I will be very glad if you can accept this offer as we will work together to achieve success
Please kindly respond to for more details.Looking forward to hearing from you
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