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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:
Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2021 20:44:07 +0100
Subject: From Godswill
This funds are already in Canada,
My name is God'swill Kietha and i
am the only child of Chief James Kietha a rich and famous man who
died Febuary 17th 2020,
I am 17 years old,after his death we
discovered he had large sum of money now we have been able to have
access to this bank but i cannot collect this money until when i am
21years old but can get someone who will be able to receive this money
for investment and help us to build our lives again,
This is strictly bank to bank transaction I will be very glad if you can accept this
offer as we will work together to acheive success
respond for further details
Looking forward to hearing from you