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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million dollars" (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: james bernard <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2021 18:54:09 +0100
HELLO I WAS DIRECTED BY OUR CUSTOMER TO DELIVER TO YOU AN ATM CARD FOR YOUR
COMPENSATION DUE TO YOUR PAST EFFORT OF TRYING TO HELP HIM TO GET THE
FUNDS? PRESENTLY NOW HE AS SUCCEEDED THE MONEY HE THEREBY REGISTER AN ATM
CARD ON YOUR NAME THAT WORTH $10.MILLION DOLLARS CASH ON IT,
YOU ARE REQUIRED TO CONFIRM YOUR INFORMATION WHERE THE ATM VISA CARD WILL
BE SEND TO YOU.
YOUR PHONE NUMBER IS ALSO NEEDED FOR EASY COMMUNICATION AS SOON AS YOU
CONFIRM YOUR INFORMATION THE ATM VISA CARD WILL BE SENT TO YOU IMMEDIATELY,
YOU CAN WITHDRAW WITH THE ATM CARD ANYWHERE AND CASH YOUR MONEY AT ANY
C-POINT IN YOUR COUNTRY OR ANY COUNTRY YOU WANT.IF YOU WANT WE CAN REVERT
IT ONLINE BANKING FOR YOU TO TRANSFER YOUR FUNDS BY YOURSELF ONLINE.
BANK TEL;+1 360-362-7678 /EMAIL CONTACT; (firstname.lastname@example.org)