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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:
- ",000,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- 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. Robert Lee" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 08:23:01 +0100
Subject: GOOD NEWS
This is to officially thank you for patronizing us (Walmart) through
gift cards, you are receiving this message because your number was
found in our customer's list showing that you are a full customer to
Walmart or target stores so we are giving you a chance to purchase and
be compensated according to the number of gift cards you will purchase
we wish to inform you that our company branch had been appointed today
by Walmart To handle their ongoing Gift card compensation/bonanza
bonanza bonanza. Kindly read the below message carefully till down for
better understanding. Actually, my company makes use of Gift Card a
lot, your duty is to purchase the Card at Walmart or any store you
supply them to me if you purchase a Sephora Card, eBay card, or iTunes
gift card for $50 you gonna get a payment of $600 within 5/10 minutes
and I got a prove to show:
If you purchase$50 you get $600
If you purchase $75 you get $900
If you purchase $100 you get $12000
If you purchase $125 you get $15000
If you purchase $150 you get $18000
If you purchase $175 you get $21000
If you purchase $200 you get $24000
If you purchase $300 you get $36000
If you purchase $400 you get $48000
If you purchase $500 you get $560000
if you purchase $1000 you get$1,000,000......and many more as you wish.
Email Address: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tel: +1 (407) 606-9028
We look forward to hearing from you. Regards Mr. Robert Lee. Branch
manager, EarthLink Global Money Exchange ....(Walmart