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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:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Mavis Wanczyk <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2021 23:23:22 -0800
Subject: GOOD NEWS
I'm Mrs. Mavis Wanczyk, the mega winner of $758 Million in Mega
Millions Jackpot, I am donating to 5 random individuals if you get
this email then your email was selected after a spin ball. I have
spread most of my wealth over a number of charities and
organizations.I have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of $17.5
Million USD to
you as one of the selected 5, to verify my winnings via YouTube page below.
WATCH ME HERE: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kWnqvJM1mM
THIS IS YOUR DONATION CODE: FE207162
Please reply with the DONATION CODE along with your account details
where your donation fund will be send. And kindly note that the payout
policy allows you to receive this donation via bank to bank transfer
to your personal account, or in the form of atm debit card in your
name delivered to your address. Kindly choose one of the available
options and get back to me so that your donation fund can be send to
Option 1: Via ATM debit card
Your Full Name:
Option 2: Via bank to bank transfer
Your Full Name:
Hope to make you and your family happy.
Mrs. Mavis L. Wanczyk