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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:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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.
- email@example.com (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- and small businesses. contact me via my email:: firstname.lastname@example.org for further / full details and please accept this token as (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Sheryll Goedert <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Sheryll Goedert <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 06:23:14 +0300 (EEST)
The corona virus outbreak isn't just a major health crisis, it's also a large economic disruption leading to people losing their jobs and making it harder to take care of their families. We've heard that a little financial support can go a long way.
I'm Sheryll Goedert from Florida the Winner of a $396.9 million jackpot from the Power ball lottery held on January 29, 2020, My jackpot was a gift from God to me hence my entire family has AGREED to do this.
We are donating â¬1,500,000.00 ( One Million Five Hundred Thousand Euro ) to help 10 individuals and small businesses.
Contact me via my email:: email@example.com
for further / full details and please accept this token as a gift from me and my family.
Best Regards,Sheryll Goedertsheryllclaiminc403@yahoo.com