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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 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- work, with trust reply me with this e-mail address: ( email@example.com ) thanks yours in the lord mrs. (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Yolanda Belham" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 10 May 2021 00:01:30 -0700
Subject: Can I confide in you?
Dear Trusting Friend in God,
This Mrs. Yolanda Belham from London,61 years an aging widow suffering from
long time illness. I have the sum of $17.5M for you to use the fund for
Godâs work. I found your e-mail address as a real Child of God for over a
month now that I have been praying about you to know if really you are
working according to the direction of God so after all my prayers I am
convince, and I have decided to contact you, Please if you would be able to
use the funds for the Lordâs work, with trust reply me with this e-mail
address: ( email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> )
Yours in the Lord
Mrs. Yolanda Belham.