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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. Peninnah Ariel Benaiah" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 02:45:05 +0200
Subject: Greetings in the name of Lord
Greetings in the name of Lord
My name is Mrs. Peninnah Ariel Benaiah I am a Norway Citizen who is living
in Burkina Faso, I am married to Mr. Benaiah Jeremiah, a politician who
owns a small gold company in Burkina Faso; He died of Leprosy and Radesyge,
in the year February 2010, During his lifetime he deposited the sum of â¬
8.5 Million Euro) Eight million, Five hundred thousand Euros in a bank in
Brussels the capital city of Belgium in Europe The money was from the sale
of his company and death benefits payment and entitlements of my deceased
husband by his company.
I need your urgent answer to know if you will be able to execute this
project, and I will give you more information on how the fund will be
transferred to your bank account or online banking.
Mrs. Peninnah Ariel Benaiah