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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Allen John Anthony <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 01:42:12 -0700
Subject: I need Your Attention
I need Your Attention
I am Gen.Raymond Odierno, from the U.S. Army, I really need your help
to assist me with the safe keeping of my funds which was moved from
Iraq to a private Security Company. I hope you can be trusted?
Though, I would like to hold back some information for security
reasons till i hear from you.
In this regards, I will like you to know that this message is strictly
for mutual benefit between you and I and nothing more.
Meanwhile, could you send me an email confirming that you can be trusted.
Allen John Anthony