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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",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)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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: "Barr.Davis Uba" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2021 13:47:31 -0700
Subject: My Dear Friend///...
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope
this mail meets you in a perfect condition.
You may not understand why this mail came to you. But if you do not
remember me, you might have received an email from me in the past
regarding a multi-million-dollars business proposal which we never
concluded. I am using this opportunity to inform you that the
multimillion-dollars business has been concluded with another person
who financed it to a logical conclusion. I thank you for your great
effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one
reason or the other best known to you. But I want to inform you that I
have successfully transferred the fund out of the bank to my new
partner's account in China that was capable of assisting me in this
Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed
during the course of the transaction I want to compensate you and show
my gratitude to you with the sum of $3,000,000.00. I have left an ATM
card for you worth $3,000,000.00 cashable any ATM machine in the
world. My dear friend I will like you to contact me: Rev. Father Henry
Eze, for the collection of this ATM card.
I have authorized him to release the ATM card to you as soon as you
contact him regarding this issue. At the moment, I am very busy here
in China for investment with my new partner. Please I will like you to
accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my
heart. Also comply with Rev. Father Henry Eze, so that he will send
the ATM card to you without any delay, contact him on the below
Name: Rev. Father Henry Eze.
Address: No 4 Ikeja drive dolphins Lagos-Nigeria
Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone
number/your address where you want him to send the ATM card to you.
Thanks, and God bless you and your family, hope to hear from you soon.
Barrister Davis Uba