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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 "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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.
- email@example.com (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Andre Peters <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 1 May 2021 22:24:03 -0700
Subject: THANK YOU, I PRESENT GIFTS TO YOU
It is my modest obligation to write you this letter as regards my success
in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner
Presently I'm in Romania for investment projects with my own share of the
total sum. Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to
assist me in transferring the fund despite that it failed us somehow. I
hereby glad to offer you my genuine blessing, by giving you gifts of Two
Patek Philippe Nautilus Steel Blue Wrist Watch worth of ($29,803), and
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5976/1 Wrist Watch worth of ($96,390)
I also signed a Certified Check of $650,000.00 to compensate for you. So,
please contact my Account Officer at Eco Bank and send him your current
address where to send the packaged Wrist Watches and the check to you,
which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to
assist me in this matter. Below is his contact information.
Name: Mr. James Alban
Tel +229 53 00 14 03
I appreciated your efforts at that time very much, so feel free to get in
touch with Mr. James Alban to send the gifts to you. I am busy right now
because of the investment projects which I and my new partner are having
here. But I would not forget to share the happiness with you as soon as
possible when you receive my gifts. so just feel free to get in touch with
him and he will send it to you without delay.
Bulevardul LascÄr Catargiu 47-53,