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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Microsoft Outlook <email@example.com>
Date: 15 Sep 2021 08:13:57 -0400
Subject: Microsoft Outlook: Verify your email firstname.lastname@example.org
Verify your email address|
Kindly confirm your Microsoft account is active, we just need to make sure this email address is working properly.|
If verification requires a passcode use your email current password.|
|Do not ignore this email.
It's very important to verify your email address as requested, for better services.|
This is an email message sent automatically by Microsoft Outlook while testing the settings for your account.