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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:
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: eliza edward <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2021 20:42:47 -0700
I am Madam Elisabeth Edward Buffett, the wife of Warren Edward Buffett, I am
72 years old, suffering from Lungs cancer. My condition is very bad it
is obvious I won't live more than two months according to my doctors.
I want an honest person whom I can entrust this fund to assist me in
fulfilling my promise before or after my death for am on sick bed now
and could not handle it myself.
I am willing to donate the sum of $6.2million for you to help the
widows and orphans and to carry out other charity works as I have made
a promise to the lord.
I wait your urgent reply to let us
proceed. When I see your positive reply, I shall explain to you why I
have appointed you for this.
I await your reply no matter what your position may be.
God be with you
as you render this service to God and humanity.
Pray for me always.
Madam. Elisabeth Edwards Buffett
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