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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: "FWS BHC" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 12:11:36 +0200
Subject: Re: Await Your Quick Response.
I don't know if i have met with you before when i work with the bank, i can't remember what occation. I saw your email contact on my business customer's diary book that I have done business with in the pass. I believe this world is a free place to do business with anyone with my experience in the banking industry.
Please consider this and read about me online news as i am in a secret place. I am the formal Afghan central bank governor and name is Abdul Qadeer Fitrat.
I have funds which i kept to secure for my future. I can't travel or do open business with people but i need a secret partner to help and receive this funds for investment.
i will give you my personal bank officer contact details so that you can contact him secretly for the claim of $35,000.000.00 Million. You will receive these funds and use it for investment purpose.
I hope I can trust you.
Abdul Qadeer Fitrat