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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:
- ",000,000" (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 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Allen Large <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2021 11:44:53 -0700
Subject: Greetings to You this is very important
Greetings to You
I hope this information meet you well as I know you will be curious to know
why/how I selected you to receive a cash sum of $2,000,000 USD, our
information below is 100% legitimate, please see the link below:
My wife and I decided to donate the sum of $2,000,000 USD to you as part of
our charity project to improve the lot of 10 lucky individuals all over the
world from our $11.3 million Jackpot Lottery winning fund. We prayed and
searched over the internet for assistance because i saw your profile on
Microsoft email owners list and picked you. Violet my wife and i have
decided to make sure this is put on the internet for the world to see. my
wife has cancer and she died last year July 16 at colchester regional
hospital in truro, my wife just didn't die but she was a great person and I
miss her so much and this is why I have decided to do one thing i promised
her forever. as you could see from the web page above, am not getting any
younger and you can imagine having no kids at this age. although we won
this lottery funds 2 years ago and we have helped some charity
organizations from our winnings.
You see after taken care of the needs of our immediate family members,
Before she died we decided to donate the remaining of the $11million to
other individuals around the world in need, the local fire department, the
red cross, Haiti, hospitals in truro where violet underwent her cancer
treatment, and some other organizations in Asia and Europe that fight
cancer, alzheimer's and diabetes and the bulk of the funds deposited with
our payout bank of this charity donation. we have kept just 2% of the
entire lottery sum to our self for the raining day.
To facilitate the payment process of the funds ($2,000,000 USD) which have
been donated solely to you, you are to send us your full names for payment,
your contact address and your personal telephone number, so that i can
forward your payment information to you immediately. I am hoping that you
will be able to use the money wisely and judiciously over there in your
country. please have to do you part to also alleviate the level of poverty
in your region, help as many you can help once you have this money in your
personal account because that is the only objective of donating this money
to you in the first place.
I like to re-assure you of the legitimacy of this services as we will not
be involved in any fraudulent act and will never be, we only want to feel
good by helping people this time of the year, this is the only thing that
makes my wife happy too even now that she is not here with me anymore, we
have too much to give away as I only have few years left on earth. I will
advise as you as the prospective lucky winners to be calm not to loose this
great opportunity which millions of people are trying to entangled but the
chances just couldn't come for them because a lot of people are out there
to discourage them as they don't know how it works, and have never seen
such before. Kindly revert back to us for your claim through our direct
private email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for accepting our offer, we are indeed grateful.
God bless you
Mr. Allen Large,