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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:
- ",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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Piramal Foundation" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2021 01:11:43 +0530
Subject: URGENT REPLY NEEDED
Note: if you found this email in your junk/spam, it's because of your internet isp server.
Congratulations from the Piramal Philanthropies Foundation, where life-changing opportunities and cash are given out on a daily basis. The foundation/founder has indeed been a great
Philanthropist to this generation and is truly committed to giving while living, We are pleased to inform you that you are one (1) of the lucky people to benefit and receive $ 1,500,000.00
USD from our foundation's ongoing goodwill project,grant/donations program. Ajay Piramal (born 3 August 1955) is an Indian billionaire industrialist, and the chairman of the Piramal
Foundation and Piramal Group, a conglomerate with interests in pharmaceutical, financial services, real estate, healthcare analytics, and glass packaging.
Is this message sent to a valid e-mail account? Your email
account was randomly selected to receive a cash donation of $
1,500,000.00 USD from the Philanthropist. If this is a valid e-
mail account, contact us immediately for comprehensive
Ajay Piramal (born 3 August 1955) is an Indian billionaire
industrialist and the chairman of the Piramal Group
Chief Financial Officer