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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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Sharonda Britton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 03:43:01 -0700
Subject: I HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU
I'm Mrs. Sharonda Sheneese Britton I am a US citizen, 41 years, I reside
here in Orlando, Florida My residential Address is as follows, 7135
Livingston St, Orlando, FL 32835, Florida, USA, I am thinking of relocating
since I am now a wealthy woman I am one of those scam victim that took part
in the Compensation Award in United States and Africa many years ago and
they refuse to pay me, I have paid over $73,920 to scammers while in the
United States just to get my payment all to no avail. So I decided to
travel to Europe Italy with all my compensation document and I was directed
to contact Barrister Donald Williams who is a member of Compensation Award
Committee Program, I contacted him and he explained every details to me He
said whoever is contacting me right now is fake that he is the only person
assigned to compensate me.
He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation Award
Payment right now I'm the happiest woman on this planet earth because I
have received my compensation Money of $5,500,000.00 (Five Million Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) Moreover Barrister Donald Williams
showed me the full informations and list of those that are yet to receive
their payment and I saw your Name and E-mail address as one of the
beneficiaries, this is the reason why I decided to Email you to stop
dealing with those scammers, they are not with your money they are only
extorting money from you with tricks I will advise you to contact Barrister
Donald Williams now for assistance. You have to contact him directly
through his private E-mail address which is below.
Contact Barrister: Donald Williams
Email address: email@example.com
You really have to stop dealing with scammers who contact you through Email
& phone telling you that your Money is with them, it is all lie's and trick
they are only taking advantage of you and they will keep on stealing from
you until you have nothing to show.
The only money I paid after I met Barrister Donald Williams was just $380
USD which is for the paperwork only, please take note of that, once again
stop contacting scammers online or through E-mail, I will advise you to
contact Barrister Donald Williams He will help you to transfer your Awarded
money into your bank account, please stop dealing with those Scammers all
they do is to ask for more and more money to complete your transaction
which is all lies and trick use by them.
Mrs. Sharonda Sheneese Britton.
Address: 7135 Livingston St, Orlando, FL 32835, Florida, USA