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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 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: ATM OFFICE <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2021 18:25:40 +0100
Subject: Your ATM CARD!
This to inform you about the discovered ATM Debit Card of $18.5Million
Usd under your claim here in Fidelity Cash Management office, while
after the legal investigation we found out that it was deposited as
result of your unpaid compensation, and it's painful upon
investigation that you keep dealing with wrong offices all this while
for the claimant of the Atm/funds before this date. Therefore now,
you're here to Reply back today on e-mail:( firstname.lastname@example.org )for
more information in how you must get this Atm successful in peace and
faster for your immediate use to cash out your fund at any Atm
Please keep in record that the Card offers you a daily withdrawal
limit as programmed, also note a conclusion was made to confiscate
this Atm Card after 7 days if there's no claim responds from you, and
advice to contact this office back with the reconfirm of your
following details below,
Full Name: -----------------
Phone No#: -----------------
Copy of your ID.
However note, this Atm card will need to be activate before the
accessible of the secret pin#, to enable your immediate use to cash
out the funds daily!!
Reply on this Email:( email@example.com ), otherwise you may not get
responds back from this office
Phone#: +234 9016292421 MSG ONLY