fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
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.
- 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 (Hotmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: David Nicholas <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 16:27:22 +0100
Subject: YOUR ATM VISA CARD.....
and discovered that your payment has been unnecessarily Delayed by corrupt
officials of the Company who are Trying to divert your fund of
$4,700.000.00 Million into their private accounts.Therefore we have
obtained an irrevocable payment guarantee on your Payment with the Bank to
make your payment through our new ATM VISA CARD system which you can use to
withdraw your money in any ATM MACHINE around your area.So we are here by
inviting you to our office to pick up your ATM VISA CARD but if you cannot
be able to come down here in our office in person be inform that you are
going to pay for shipping fee of your ATM visa CARD, so if you are unable
to come down here then you are required to update us so that we will
proceed with the necessary arrangement for the delivery of your ATM VISA
CARD.As of now be informed that all arrangement has been done and the ATM
VISA CARD has be in your name, but to RE-ACTIVATE the ATM Card you have to
forward your current information as requested below to the bank for the ATM
Card re-activcation, then we will send you the ATM CARD for your immediate
use.Here are the information you have to forward to the bank:1. Your Full
Names:______2. Postal Address:_______3. Direct Cell Numbers:_______4. A
copy of your id card----------5. Sex:_____6.Age:_____7.
you are advised to contact Bank accountant Manager Mrs.Susan MarkCONTACT
PERSON: Mrs.Susan MarkE-mail:( firstname.lastname@example.org
<email@example.com> )Mr David Nicholas.*