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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:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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:
From: "Mrs. Gloria Williams" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 05:50:30 -0700
Subject: Re: Greetings!
I trust all is well with you and your family?
Iâm writing to you regarding the earlier contract proposal over the sum of US$15,500,000 which was to be used for a charity foundation work by the company, but unfortunately you had doubted to stop communication so far.
I am delighted to inform you that I later contacted Dr. James Hanyon of Catholic faith who finally helped in achieving this aim of successful claim of the fund. Now, I want to thank you for your time and money committed in this project earlier, may God bless you.
In respect of this achievement I have spoken with Dr. James to map out the sum of $1,500,000.00 only in a visa card for you to show appreciation as your compensation amount; thus, an arrangement has been made with the bank to deliver this card to your address,
Please, reconfirm your receiving address for more details on the ATM card delivery for you to access fund compensation fund to avoid delays.
Once I receive your delivery address, Iâll forward it to the bank through Bishop Uche Amadi of the same organization to assist you to get the card in your hand to access the compensation fund directly; due to my health condition at the moment, the bishop will guide you better on what to do next.
I wait to hear from you soon.
God bless you.
Mrs. Gloria Williams
D.G, House of Mercy Children's Home, (HOM)/
National Debt Management office.