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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)
- "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 next of kin scam.
- 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: Beate keith <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 05:02:48 -0700
I am very much aware that I do not know you, but the internet has made the
world global villages where you can reach anybody you have not met before.
I come in peace and something positive that will affect your life and the
lives of others for good, just carefully read and digest the message below.
I am Mother Mrs. Beate Keith, 87 Years old woman and the wife of Late Sir
Abery Keith who died in a Plane crash on Monday the 7th of September 1998
GMT 14:22 UK while flying from New York to Geneva.
Please see site below for more information.
After the death of my husband I became the Head of his investment and now
that I am old and weak. I have decided to spend the rest of my life in my
Ranch before I finally give up ghost.
Presently, I have willed out almost half of our assets to several charities
homes/less privilege in different countries. I and my late husband also
agreed to render support to unknown individuals that we have not met before
due to the fact that when we were still young in life we received an
anonymous help from an individual we did not know and which we have not
been able to know till date, this offer will cost you nothing.
I deposited the sum of $3,800,000.00 (Three Million Eight Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars) with a financial security company here in Canada in
your name that was attached to your email address which I discover in the
internet, I did this over four weeks ago but Due to my ill health condition
I was unable to send you an email until date.
What you need to do now is to contact the financial security company here
in Canada as soon as possible to inform them when you will be coming for
You are expected to present to them your valid international passport as a
means of identification since they do not know you in person, please
contact them as soon as possible to avoid any cost of delay.
You have to contact the Manager of FREEDOM BASE FINANCIAL SECURITY COMPANY
with your below information
Direct telephone number;
A scan copy of your valid international passport Country
You are also expected to present the security keeping code: (SCT/0433/F) to
him for verification and confirmation
HERE IS THE CONTACT INFORMATION OF THE MANAGER
Contact Person: Dr. James Gold
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: +1 937 265 8449
Please do contact him as soon as you receive this email to avoid any
further delay, take note I will no longer be reading my emails or surfing
the internet as I have retired completely from the outside world to my
ranch, at this moment I have nothing to do with cars emails and other
luxuries, all further correspondence should be forwarded to the financial
security company for the delivery of your cash to you.