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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:
- ",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.
Fraud email example:
From: Ms Margret Evans <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 05:37:24 -0600
Subject: Re:: Please I Need Your Help
There is absolutely going to be a great doubt and distrust in your
heart in respect of this email, coupled with the fact that, so many
miscreants and impostors (scammers) have taken possession of the
internet to facilitate their nefarious deeds thereby making it
extremely difficult for genuine and legitimate business class persons
to get attention or recognition. I am Ms Margret Evans, your friend I
have been diagnosed of a complex case of ovarian cancer. Consequently,
is due for surgery as the only cure by my doctors. I decided to donate
my funds worth of $27,500,000.00 to any individual or Company for
business interest abroad in the following sectors: oil/Gas, real
estate, stock speculation, transportation, health sector, Agriculture,
Forestry & Fishing. If you have a solid background and idea of making
good profit in any of the mentioned business sectors or any other
business in your country, please write me immediately to enable me
forward the contact information`s of Apostle David Mathew, for more
details on how to proceed.
Get back to me ASAP if you are capable of a partnership with me, so
that we can move forward to give you more information on how to
Ms Margret Evans