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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.Ghazi Ahmed" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 19:29:41 +0100
Subject: YOUR URGENT RESPONSE IS NEEDED
I Am Mr.Ghazi Ahmed from west Africa i have a business deal to share
with you in the sum of
10.2 USD dollars that is been held in our here in (B.O.A) bank of
Africa the fund mentioned rightful belong to one of our late client
who deposited the money in our bank here ever since
he died nobody have been able to apply to claim the fund so i wish
that you will come and assume as his foreign business partner also
note this business is risk free not to be sacred or doubt is real
please my dearest one also note this once we succeed in transferring
this fund to
your wish provided account in your country it will shared among us in
agreement of 50%50 i believe that after this deal joy and happiness
will be on or face's and family's please reply to me with your details
so we can move on with this great plan ok
Your Full Name.......
Your Marital Status......
Your Country Name.......
Your Phone Number......