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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: ayogeorge20 <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 11:23:21 +0100
Subject: MR AYO L GEORGE
AM MR AYO L GEORGE
am very sorry to invade into your privacy in this way,
am banker by professional, staff in department of Foreign Remittance I
want you to know that I did not just wake up and decided to contact
you I did my proper home work before contacting you as banker by
is true that we have not met each other in person but I strongly
believe that with your cooperation I am going to ensure all adequate
measures are in place to ensure the speedy transfer of deceased
customer abandoned fund that about to diverted to
the government treasury accounte as an unclaimed funds,
which I am his personal financial adviser before his accidental death
that being the main reason why I alone know much about the existence
of this fund and the secrets
surrounding his account
But before I disclose the full details to you I will like to know your
interest and willingness to assist,
MR AYO L GEORGE
reply to this box firstname.lastname@example.org