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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Sheryll Goedert" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Sheryll Goedert" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 17:43:28 -0700
Subject: COVID-19 Giveaways - Don't Delay
Hello Good Day,
This is a second email notification I am emailing to you without a response from you. I just want to notify you that this email account of yours was selected to receive a donation from Sheryll Goedert. I'm Sheryll Goedert from Florida. I am the chairman (CEO) Founder of Wipro Limited. I'm a business magnate, investor and philanthropist, I am also the Winner of a $396,900,000 million jackpot from the POWER-BALL LOTTERY held on January 29, 2020, my jackpot win was a gift from God to me.
Due to the corona virus outbreak I gave away 25 percent of my personal wealth to charity. And I've also pledged this year to give away another 25% to 10 individuals this year 2021. The corona virus outbreak isn't just a major health crisis; it's also a large economic disruption leading to people losing their jobs and making it harder for them to take care of their families.
We philanthropists we've heard that a little kindness, a little financial support can go a long way in enhancing happiness in the lives of mankind, Hence my entire family and I have AGREED to do this, We are donating 1,500,000.00 each ( One Million Five Hundred Thousand Euro ) to help 10 individuals and small businesses (Owners).
Your name and email address were randomly picked in an ongoing online Donation Pool. I have decided to donate 1,500,000.00 Euros to you. Contact me via my private email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further details on how you can redeem your donation and please accept this token as a gift from me and my family, Thank You
Sheryll Goedert (Founder).
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