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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "u.k " (this email uses bad English)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr.Evance William"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2021 21:18:46 +0530
Subject: Real Estate Investment
Description: Dear Friend, For a brief on my personality; my Name is Dr. eva=
nce william a Retired South Africa politician, I based in U.K ( Great Brita=
in ) I am 58 years of age, married with wife and 4 (four) lovely children.I=
am interested in establishing and operating a very viable business as a me=
ans of investment abroad. I do not know too well on how this can be done in=
your country, and I will need you to help me in this regard. My preference=
is Real Estate Investment, or any good profit yielding businesses and I wo=
uld appreciate any viable ideas you could come up with. I will also need yo=
u to assist me in getting me properties like Home and Agriculture Lands, as=
I am proposing to invest the sum of ($3.5 MILLION GBP) I do not know if yo=
u can be of help to me, I have had so many problems with the British Govern=
ment just because I was formerly holding a public office and they want to i=
nvestigate my assets. My need for this business proposition and to acquire =
these properties is very urgent as I am planning to move out of U.K. with m=
y family down to your country, I want you to help me in finding a good home=
where my family and I will live in. (Mini Estate) Please I expect your goo=
d and prompt reply so that we can proceed swiftly I will need your phone an=
d fax numbers for easier communication with you.. Feel free to reply me wit=
h my Private email: email@example.com Regards, Dr.Evance William