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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Maria Nastac Alonso" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2021 07:44:33 -0800
Subject: RE: 14th December, 2021
Mi nombre es Sra. Maria Nastac Alonso, trabajo con LA CAIXA BANK ESPAÑA, tengo una transacción comercial importante que discutir con usted sobre nuestro cliente fallecido que falleció sin un PARIENTE PRÓXIMO en su archivo de cuenta, por favor, si está interesado, vuelva a ¡Para obtener información detallada!
Descarte este mensaje si no está interesado, si tiene alguna razón para rechazar este proyecto, destruya este mensaje.
Sra. Maria Nastac Alonso
Teléfono: +34 63132 8613
My name is Mrs. Maria Nastac Alonso, i work with LA CAIXA BANK ESPAÑA, I have Important business transaction to Discuss with you concerning our late customer who Died without a NEXT OF KIN in his account file, Please if you are interested get back to me for full details information!
Please discard this message if you are not interested, if you have any reason to reject this project, please destroy this message.
Mrs. Maria Nastac Alonso
Phone: +34 63132 8613