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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:
- "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.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Mraffko Willibald" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2021 12:24:41 +0100
Subject: Attention SCAM VICTIM:
international Compensation & Benefits Consultants
Noordlaan 1a 9200 Dendermonde Belgium
Scam Alert Intelligent Site Light Report:
Attention SCAM VICTIM:
Scam Compensation sum of USD$5.9 million dollars have been approved through
the World Bank Mass Assisted Project Deposit Fund. This compensation
payment was initiated to assist those who has failed prey to fraudulent
business / communications in different categories , Inheritance, Contracts,
Lottery, Romance Scam, Diplomatic Payment, Fraudulent Loan Transactions,
Unsuccessful Investment transactions, bitcoin fraud , Those who has also
failed victim of BEC Scams also known as Wire transactions, Mass project
assisted fund was approved to settle failed business/scam, you are
qualified to receive this approved investment funds as long as you have
receive fraudulent proposal before, many people have suffered untold
lost/hardship in the hands of those unscrupulous elements and evil-minded
people operating all kinds of fraud/scam just to make a dirty living and
misery out of innocent souls. you are entitled to receive this scam
compensation funds as long as you have received a scam /fraudulent message
through whichever way.
NB: You will receive MORE shocking news upon your positive response to this
message and also that their business was affected by Covid-19 pandemic.
reply if you receive this message.
Mr. Mraffko Willibald
Consultant Mandate (ICBC)