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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "million united states dollars" (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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "i got your email address from " (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- "dear beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr. Donald Adams Williams" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2021 05:21:35 -0800
Subject: Dear Beneficiary,
BITCOIN OFFICE. 25A, CASTLE ROAD, AMBASSADORIAL AREA, RIDGE P.M.B CT
416, CALIFORNIA USA.
This is Donald Adams Williams, I will be honest with you due to my
religion as a Muslim. I brought you this information regarding your
son Micheal Ture, he is a refugee from Afghanistan who came to the
Bitcoin office here and wanted to transfer money through the Bitcoin
I GOT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FROM THE YOUNG MAN'S DAIRY AND YOUR NAME IS
ALSO WRITTEN ON IT.
YOU ARE HIS FOREING BENEFICIARY AND THIS WAS THE REASON I AM CANTACTING YOU.
I work with the Bitcoin office as an Agent. I am contacting you from
the Bitcoin wallet office here in Los Angeles California, USA. This
young man came to the Bitcoin office with a briefcase that contained
$70,000,000.00 (Seventy Million United States Dollars US$70M) that you
are his foreign beneficiary.
He deposited the money for transfer with the Bitcoin office, As he
deposited the money with the Bitcoin office, he sat in the office
processing some papers on the deposit. Suddenly he fell on the floor
vomiting blood and he was rushed to the hospital for recovery. The
doctor said he was poisoned.
Unfortunately he could not survive it. The doctor called the office
this morning and told me the young man passed away. It was really
sad. I want you to forward me your Bitcoin wallet address for a
transfer of the money to you after deducting all transfer charges.
According to my religion as a muslim, i cannot take what does not be
long to me. We serve you better.
SEND ME YOUR FULL ADDRESS DETAILS AS LISTED BELOW:
1. YOUR FULL NAME
2. YOUR FULL ADDRESS DETAILS
3. YOUR ID CARD
5. YOUR PHONE/ WATSAPP NUMBER
6. YOUR BITCOIN WALLET ADDRESS
Don't forget that you must send me your above details in your return
response to this message to my below email address;
Waiting to hear from you .
Dr. Donald Adams Williams