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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",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)
- 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: "Mrs. Rita Williams" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 06:19:43 +0100
Subject: Thank Your Very Much, I truly Appreciate Your Efforts.
How are you today? I hope this mail meets you in a perfect condition. You
may not understand why this mail came to you, but if you do not remember
me, you might have received an email from me in the past regarding an
investment business proposal which we never concluded, I am using this
opportunity to inform you that the Investment business has been concluded
with another person who financed it to a logical conclusion.
I thank you for your great effort during this period, even though we could
not complete the Transfer of funds into your account due to one reason or
the other and I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the
funds out of the bank to my new partner's bank account in Australia and
have also relocated with my children. Due to the effort, sincerity,courage
and trustworthiness you showed during the course of the transaction, I have
left an ATM CARD for you worth $2,500,000.00, with an ally as my
compensation for you.
It is to show my gratitude to you and the amount is Cash-able anywhere in
the world and it will be released to you upon request. Dear friend,
Mr. Tatem N. Eugene, for the collection of this ATM CARD, He is a
consultant with the World Bank, he is a very trustworthy fellow, he
negotiated and processed the transfer of the fund to my new partner in
Australia and I have instructed him to release the ATM Debit Card to you.
I have Instructed him to release the ATM CARD to you as soon as you contact
him regarding this issue. At the moment, I 'm very busy here because of the
investment projects which myself and the new partner are having at hand.
Please I will like You to accept this token with good faith as this is from
the bottom of my Heart and also comply with Mr. Eugene, so that he will
Send the ATM CARD to you without any delay.
Contact: Mr. Tatem Neville Eugene
Contact Tel: +1 (601) 401-3661
You are to send him your full Name, Telephone Number/ your address where
you want him to send the ATM CARD to you.
Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hope to hear from you soon.
Mrs. Rita Williams.