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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Sophia Razif" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2021 15:30:49 -0700
Subject: YOUR ATM CARD,
This is to thank you for your effort.I understand that your hands were
tied.Not to worry.I have succeeded and the money has been transferred
into the account provided by a newly found friend of mine in
Australia. To appreciate your past assistance and commitments I have
ATM Card worth of $750,000 USD) (Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand United
States Dollars Only) for you.I am in now in hospital for
treatment of cancer which may led me to die any moment from now,
please remember to pay 10 percent to charity organization and remain
for you and your family.Moreover,kindly contact my parish pastor now.
Mr Fredrick Bernard With below information to enable him deliver the
ATM Card to
you Contact person:Mr.Fredrick Bernard Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Forward my mail to him,and then ask
him to send the ATM Card to you and provide him the following
Your Full Name:----
Your Home Address:--
Your home phone(s):--
Your cell phone:---
This informations is what will enable him deliver the ATM Card to you.
as i have left instructions on your behalf.