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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: NINA GARCIA <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 06:14:14 +0000
Subject: Re: Greetings
I am Mrs. Nina Garcia, i am from France currently resides in Cote
D'ivore with my only daughter Cynthia, I am writing to ask for your
help to please accept my child Cynthia in the name of God and help me
to raise her up, I grew up as an orphan and now a widow, I have nobody
to help take care of her because I was recently diagnosed cancer and I
have only 2 months to live, I donâ t want her to suffer again because
she has suffered a lot ever since the death of her father and my
illness, we have the sum of $7.200.000.00 Two million dollar inside a
box which was deposited in one security company he in Cote D'ivore.
My daughter inherited the box of money from her late father Desmond
Garcia (my husband) I am willing to transfer this box of money to you
while you help my daughter Cynthia to come over to your country to
continue her education.
God bless you!
Mrs. Nina & Cynthia