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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- "hundred thousand us 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 "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Julius gull" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2021 19:09:32 +0000
Subject: FOR YOUR VISA CARD.
I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds
transffered under the cooperation of a new partner from Japan.
Presently i'm in Japan for an investment projects with my own share of
the total sum meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts
to assist me in transffering those funds despite that it failed us
Now contact my secretary his name is YENTCHABRE YENDOUKOI,his e-mail
is email@example.com, /ask her to send you the total 1.2 MILLION
DOLLARS (ONE MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) VISA CARD which
i raised in your favour for your compensation for all the past efforts
and attempts to assist me in this matter. i appreciated your efforts
at that time very much.so feel free and get intouched with my
financial secretary YENTCHABRE YENDOUKOI and give him your address
where to send the VISA CARD to you.
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share
the joy after all the sufferness at that time.in the moment,i'm very
busy here because of the investment projects which i and the new
partner are having at hand, finally,remember that i had forwarded
instruction to my financial secretary on your behalf to receive that
money,so feel free to get intouch with YENTCHABRE YENDOUKOI without
Contact E-Mail Address ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Mr Julius Gull.