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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 CHAD F. WOLF," <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 16:11:33 +0100
Subject: Dear Email Owner/Beneficiar
Federal Court have released your payments files, I will go to
transfer your first payments as soon as you Re-confirm your
information as requested in bellow TRANSFER FORM.
Your Valid I.D CARD======
Bank account details=====
Provide me with your bank account details in order to get your funds
transfer today. Thanks for your patience .
Here is the options on how we can delivery your funds to you so you
can choose this one you want us to use and send your funds to you ok
1, Bank transfer.$100 bitcoin !
2, ATM card.$150 bitcoin !
3, Credit card.$ $70. Bitcoin !
4, Delivery.$200. Bitcoin!
5, mail.$75. Bitcoin !
Please contact us with this cellphone number +1(434)2812379 if you're
still interested to receive your compensation fund today thank you so
much. Am waiting for your response as soon as possible thanks