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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 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Kenneth Joe" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2021 13:16:44 -0700
Subject: Arvest bank, Tulsa, Oklahoma State
Good day and Happy New Month to you and family. How are you doing
today? Hope your day is going really well? This is Mr. Kenneth Joe
from Arvest bank, Tulsa, Oklahoma branch here in the United States of
America. I have sent you several emails since last week ago and
received no response from you. Please why have you not been responding to
my emails? Is there anything wrong with your email account? I have been so
patience by trying my very best to see that i get a hold of you so that you
will not lose what is legitimately yours.
Please get back to me urgently if you receive this email so that i can.pass
an important information to you immediately.
Waiting for your response.
Arvest bank, Tulsa, Oklahoma State
United States of America.