fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Peter franklin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2021 09:39:51 -0800
Subject: Re. Your financial activities.
peter franklin (head and chief constable )
the international police(Interpol)
national central bureau (NCB UK)
NCJ Number: 47731
Re. Your financial activities.
I am peter franklin head and chief constable. international police(Interpol UK}.
This organization is set up to fight against, corruption, crime
against children, cybercrime, drugs, environmental fasted, financial
crime, fugitives, maritime Piracy, organized crime, people smuggling,
pharmaceutical crime, terrorism, trafficking in human beings,
trafficking in illicit goods, vehicle crime, wanted person, war crime,
weapon, works of art etc. in the global community.
Recently, we have been working closely with secret agencies around the
globe trying to stop internet fraud that is aimed at unsuspected
victims in the United States of America, Canada and other parts of the
Europe and Asia .
We have been informed that you have been wiring out money just to
receive huge funds.
>From our investigations we suspected that you have been dealing with
some fraudster. they will disappear once they are done collecting all
your money. an example of their fraudulent operations includes:
online dating scam
online sales scam
online loan fraud
and the like of impersonation
Recent review has it that this office is been impersonated and we
really need your assistance to figure things out and help you receive
your long awaiting fund. I therefore oblige that you respond to this
e-mail, Your money could be paid back to you , if only you are ready
to co-operate with us by given us more information on the activities.
more details would be given to you once your response is received.
International police UK(Interpol)