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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Nelson C .Cyril" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 18:58:29 -0800
Subject: INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY
*This is a short notice information from the Office of the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs **(OCHA) in collaboration with big Tech companies like
Amazon, Apple, Facebook and over 100 **private-owned companies are helping
people, communities, small Business start-ups, **organizations with
financial grants to fight COVID-19 pandemic disruptions and impacts.*
*Communities, Businesses, and families need support for several months.
These companies **organized emergency financial grants of millions of
dollars as a relief fund to minimize the **impact of COVID-19 pandemic on
families; public health, Businesses and communities. People are **selected
randomly, via people search platforms and data collection databases.*
*Therefore, you will receive a financial grant if you are willing.*
*Below are the financial grants..........*
*A. Individual $1, 000 000 Million*
*B. Small Businesses :$5, 000.000.00 Million*
*C. Organization /Groups :$10, 000.000 Million*
*D. Company/Investors :$20, 000 000 Million*
*The purpose is to provide financial assistance for the full range of the
recipient's **activities, project support or programs that will help boost
the economy and put people back to **work.*
*Provide the information below:*
*1. Full Name: as stated on your ID CARD*
*2. Contact Phone number (WhatsApp number recommended)*
*3. Full Address and ID CARD for varification*
*Please if you are not interested kindly delete the message.*
*Click the Link below for more information.*
*We look forward to your feedback. *
*Best Regards, *
*Mr, Nelson C. Cyril*
*Public Information and Distribution.*
*Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs*