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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:
- 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)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Dr Richard Ekwe <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2021 04:14:56 -0800
Subject: YOUR COMPENSATION FUND
Longest time,i hope all is well together with your family,if so glory
be to GOD almighty. Well,Sorry to hear this news and understand that
the fault is not from me.
I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds
transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay.
Presently i'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of
the total sum. meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts and
attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it
failed us some how.
Now contact my secretary his name is Evangelist William Nelson on his
e-mail address below;( firstname.lastname@example.org ) Ask him to
send you the ATM Visa Card total of $1,750,000.00 which i kept for
your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me
in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so
feel free and get in touched with my secretary Evangelist mr William
Nelson and instruct him where to send the amount to you.
Please do let me know immediately you receive the Card so that we can
share the joy after all the sufferness at that time. In the moment,
I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the
new partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded
instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money but
you will so feel free to get in touch with Mr.William Nelson, he will
send the amount to you without any delay as i instructed him ok.
Dr Richard Ekwe