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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. Duke Dayal" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 11:24:41 +0000
Subject: Re: Investment Proposal...
*Compliment of The Day,*
*I have a Very important request that made me to contact you, my name is
Mr. Duke Dayal, the Chief Finance Officer and the Executive Director of **the
Santander Bank UK plc., *
*I found your profile very interesting and I decided to reach you directly
to solicit your assistance and Guidelines in making a business investment
and transfer of $50M to your country within the next few days by MT103.*
*With your sincere assistance and co-operation, be so kind as to contact me
at your earlier convenience to enable me to furnish you with more details
of this lofty venture.*
*CFO & Executive Director*
*Santander Bank UK*