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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:
- "hundred thousand 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)
- ",500,000" (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.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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: Sharonda Britton <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 00:30:49 -0700
Subject: I HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU
*Hello Dear,I'm Mrs. Sharonda Sheneese Britton I am a US citizen, 41 years,
I reside here in Orlando, Florida My residential Address is as follows,
7135 Livingston St, Orlando, FL 32835, Florida, USA, I am thinking of
relocating since I am now a wealthy woman I am one of those scam victim
that took part in the Compensation Award in United States and Africa many
years ago and they refuse to pay me, I have paid over $73,920 to scammers
while in the United States just to get my payment all to no avail. So I
decided to travel to Europe Italy with all my compensation document and I
was directed to contact Barrister Donald Williams who is a member of
Compensation Award Committee Program, I contacted him and he explained
every details to me He said whoever is contacting me right now is fake that
he is the only person assigned to compensate me.He took me to the paying
bank for the claim of my Compensation Award Payment right now I'm the
happiest woman on this planet earth because I have received my compensation
Money of $5,500,000.00 (Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) Moreover Barrister Donald Williams showed me the full informations
and list of those that are yet to receive their payment and I saw your Name
and E-mail address as one of the beneficiaries, this is the reason why I
decided to Email you to stop dealing with those scammers, they are not with
your money they are only extorting money from you with tricks I will advise
you to contact Barrister Donald Williams now for assistance. You have to
contact him directly through his private E-mail address which is
below.Contact Barrister: Donald WilliamsEmail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
<email@example.com>You really have to stop dealing with scammers who
contact you through Email & phone telling you that your Money is with them,
it is all lie's and tricks. They are only taking advantage of you and they
will keep on stealing from you until you have nothing to show. The only
money I paid after I met Barrister Donald Williams was just $380 USD which
is for the paperwork only, please take note of that, once again stop
contacting scammers online or through E-mail, I will advise you to contact
Barrister Donald Williams He will help you to transfer your Awarded money
into your bank account, please stop dealing with those Scammers all they do
is to ask for more and more money to complete your transaction which is all
lies and trick use by them.Yours FaithfullyMrs. Sharonda Sheneese
Britton.Address: 7135 Livingston St, Orlando, FL 32835, Florida, USANote:
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