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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:
- "million dollars" (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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Judy salisbury <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 01:34:05 -0700
Subject: DONATION FOR CHARITY WORK
DONATION FOR CHARITY WORK.
Dear how are you doing and hope you and your family are doing
good,Glory be to God Almighty, I'm Mrs. Judy Salisbury,
I am from Idaho but my husband is an Iraqi from Ramadi in Al Anbar
Governor-ate, and we live in the Washinton state, I lost my husband on
13th August 2020 While I was struggling with illness cancer for a long
time and my doctor said that the current situation is not under
control that I have a few more months to live.Well my husband is a
contractor and before his death he
secured and completed a contract work with UK government's
value of $3.9 million dollars, but death took him away before the
money is deposited into my bank account, my husband is a
philanthropist, before his death, he encouraged me to help the poor,
because since we got married, we were unable to have children.
And due to the condition of my health which is deteriorating everyday
and I don`t want the bank to share the fund between themselves, I
sent $500,000.00 to (Indonesia) and $400,000.00 was sent to the
hospital account for my medical treatment,I will love to send the
remaining $3 million dollars to you so that you will help me to give
it to the poor nations and the widows less privileges, under the
designation of my
late husband since we do not have any children to inherit this money,
please irrespective of religion, race, ethnicity I want you to
handling these projects with ought most sincerity . Try and answer me
now for more information firstname.lastname@example.org or text me
Thanks so much,
Mrs. Judy Salisbury.