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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:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Reply-To: "Donna McCullough, Alzheimer's Association" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 03:57:03 -0400
Subject: Your special gift is still waiting.
Receive our END ALZface mask as a
Claim your gift now
Did you get a chance to read the email
I sent you earlier this week?
If so, you know that if you make a
donation of $25 or more by April 26, we'll send you our END ALZ
Â® cotton face mask. It's yours as a token of our appreciation for
your commitment to the fight to end Alzheimer's disease.
Receive a special thank-you gift for making a donation of $25 or more.
On behalf of the more than 6 million
Americans who are living with Alzheimer's - and the more than 11
million caregivers who are supporting them in their fight -
please donate today and claim your gift.
Your support helps us enhance care and
support and accelerate research toward methods of treatment,
prevention and, ultimately, a cure. Thank you again for your past
support of the Alzheimer's Association. Your last
gift helped so
much in the fight to end Alzheimer's. Please rejoin the fight by
making a donation and claiming your gift today. Make your donation of
$25 or more and get our END ALZ cotton face mask as a token of our
In addition to getting your special
gift, you'll also help advance our mission to lead the way to end
Alzheimer's and all other dementia - by accelerating global
research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing
quality care and support.
Please act now while supplies last.
Chief Field and Development Officer
P.S. Supplies are limited -
and they're going fast, so please act now. Send a gift of $25 or more
to support our much-needed work, and we'll rush our END ALZ cotton
face mask. Thank you.
Your donation will strengthen our efforts
to advance Alzheimer's care, support and research. From face-to-face
support to online education programs and promising global research
initiatives, your gift makes a difference in the lives of all those
affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias in your community and
across the world. Thank you for your continued support.
Alzheimer's Association Home Office, 225
N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601
Â© 2021 Alzheimer's
Association. All rights reserved.
800.272.3900 | alz.org
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