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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:
- "million us 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 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)
- as possible thanks delivery agent mr. rallies david e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail: email@example.com phone: +1-240-839-9259 (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Mary Edward" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2021 03:44:41 -0700
Subject: Your inheritance payment of $27Million US Dollars ATM card package.
Attention dear how are you doing today? I hope all is well with you
and your family?, This is good news for you my friend, Your
inheritance payment of $27Million US Dollars ATM card package is now
ready to be on the way to meet you at your home address today and I
will be expecting you to email me with your home address and your cell
phone and I will make you happy this time also this is time. I will
bring your inheritance payment of $27Million US Dollars ATM card
package to you, For your information.
just wanted to let you know that your inheritance payment of
$27Million US Dollars ATM card package is coming to meet you at your
home with and all I need from you now is your correct home address and
your cell phone also your ID and your airport so that you will receive
your inheritance payment of $27Million US Dollars ATM card package to
your home address. If you need to receive your inheritance payment of
$27Million US Dollars ATM card package let me know as well...
I am waiting your response so that I will meet you at your home.
Please reply once you receive this message! May God bless us to
complete this transaction as soon as possible
Delivery Agent Mr. Rallies David