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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "diplomatic agent" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- 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: "Mrs JUDITH JOHNBULL." <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2021 12:33:12 -0700
Subject: Dear Beneficially !!
Dear Beneficially !!
Your over due compensation fund from United Bank Of Parkersburg,514
Market St, WV 26101, USA .which we agreed to deliver to you in fiscal
the fund is already sealed and package with a security proof box sum
of $2.5 Million, his currently at your nearest Airport in your country
by diplomatic agent, and he is waiting for you to forward your
Quickly contact him with your full information,
your full name:................, resident address:...............,
mobile phone number:..........,
name of your nearest airport:..........,
For him to locate your home with your package, and to avoid delivery
to wrong person,
contact him on his current phone number:+1 (321) 587-5346,
forward it today for him to locate you immediately and delivering your
package to you .
Make sure you forward your full information to him and his name is Mr.
James Udo, E-mail: ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Compliment of the Year ,
Mrs Jacinta Hilary.