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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: "Mr. Alexander Milner" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 04:59:03 -0700
Subject: From Ms. Alexander Milner
I am Mr. Alexander Milner, a member of the Audit and Remittance
Committee Snowmobile Corporation (UK). I need a silent foreign partner
who I can trust to re-profile an outstanding contract fund and
transfer for lucrative investment and charity work. I will give you
details of the deal as you respond promptly to this proposal. The
funds shall be moved to your account from our operating bank in
Europe, where it is currently deposited after proper documentations in
your name as the beneficiary contractor of the fund.
The fund is valued at Thirty Five Million U.S Dollars ($35,000.000.00) I and my committee have made adequate arrangement with an insider in the admin of Royal Court to facilitate documents that will protect you as the beneficiary to receive the fund into your nominated account.
I will give you more details when you reply.
Mr. Alexander Milner