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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: Grace William <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 06:07:55 +0000
Subject: PLEASE USE THIS MONEY FOR CHARITY WORK
Greetings my beloved,
My name is Mrs.Grace William,I am a deaf woman and also a cancer
patient who has decided to donate what I have to you for God's works. I
want to donate $8.5 million to you so that you will use part of the this
fund to help the poor ones,while you use the rest for your family.If you
are interested,Respond now for more details on how to receive this fund.
Mrs.Grace,greeting from the sick bed
Saludos mi amado,
Mi nombre es Sra. Grace William, soy una hermana sorda ... Soy
una paciente de cÃ¡ncer que tiene
Decid? donarles lo que tengo para las obras de Dios. Quiero donar
$8.5 millones para usted para que use parte de este fondo para ayudar
los pobres, mientras que el resto lo usas para tu familia.
interesado, responda ahora para obtener mÃ¡s detalles sobre cÃ³mo recibir
SeÃ±ora Grace, saludando desde la cama de enferma