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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)
- "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)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Marvin Keller" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2021 02:27:56 -0700
Subject: Re: Congratulations, Your Compensation Fund
It is a great pleasure to inform you that United Nation Union is
compensating all the scam victims and your email address was found in
the scam victim's list and due to too much fraud in Africa and other
parts of the world.You Emerge as one of those that will be compensated
for losses as Scam victims,oil spill and damages suffered as a direct
result of Natural Disasters.
The sum of ($3,200,000.00 USD) Three Million Two Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars.For more inquiries on how to Receive your
compensation Fund which also includes people that have had an
unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to
Government problems or policy etc.
Your choice of delivery your fund will be accepted either through
certified check or International ATM card or Cash delivery through
UPS or DHL Courier delivery service without any delay to avoid more
fraudulent activities again so all you needs to do now is to forward
to us the following delivery information such as.
Your Full Name:
Private Telephone Number:
Your Residential Address:
Your Scan ID Card or Driving license
Your receiving Postal address
Please contact Mr. Marvin Keller through his Email,address
Mr. Marvin Keller