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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:
- "million united states 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)
- "million us 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)
- ",000,000" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Sheena Meteo Reyes" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2021 16:52:40 -0700
Subject: DONATION FOR Humanitarian Project
A CONTRIBUTION FOR THE WORK OF GOD. My Lordship, Greetings You are to recei=
ve a DONATION of US$2,000,000.00 (Two Million US Dollars) for charity Less =
privileged peoples orphanages work.Our funds have been delivered down to ou=
r distribution points and currently secured by the International Committee =
of Red Cross (ICRC) Vault Operations, Centurion, South Africa / collaborati=
on of Philippines, as you can see on the following Web-video page: https://=
g Our Payment Administrator will help processing and releasing to you the s=
um of US$2, 000,000 (Two Million United States Dollars) to enable you boost=
your business, stabilize your region, help the vulnerable and less-privile=
ged around you, and help stop the spread of Covid-19. Thanks and God bless =
you. Yours sister in the lord Mrs Sheena Meteo Reyes email: Mrssurat232@pm.=
me (Secretary; Relief International Charity Foundation Incorporated)