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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 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.
- email@example.com (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: =?UTF-8?Q?Mrs=C2=A0Veronica_White?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2021 00:58:18 -0800
Subject: DONATION FOR YOU
DONATIONÂ FORÂ YOU
MayÂ theÂ peaceÂ ofÂ GodÂ beÂ withÂ youÂ andÂ yourÂ family.
IÂ knowÂ itÂ willÂ beÂ aÂ greatÂ surpriseÂ readingÂ fromÂ meÂ todayÂ butÂ consider
thisÂ aÂ divineÂ interventionÂ asÂ aÂ pastorÂ explainedÂ toÂ myÂ understanding.
MyÂ nameÂ is
VeronicaÂ White,Â aÂ widowÂ fromÂ OklahomaÂ andÂ I'mÂ writingÂ youÂ fromÂ myÂ sick
bedÂ becauseÂ IÂ haveÂ beenÂ fightingÂ cancerÂ beforeÂ thisÂ PandemicÂ isolation
IÂ willÂ tellÂ youÂ moreÂ aboutÂ myselfÂ andÂ alsoÂ explainÂ whyÂ IÂ needÂ your
help.Â PleaseÂ writeÂ meÂ soonÂ asÂ possible,Â myÂ healthÂ isÂ prettyÂ badÂ andÂ my
doctorsÂ saysÂ IÂ willÂ beÂ movedÂ toÂ theÂ intensiveÂ careÂ unitÂ anytimeÂ soon.
HaveÂ aÂ blessedÂ dayÂ andÂ pleaseÂ doÂ prayÂ forÂ me.
GodÂ blessÂ you.
MrsÂ VeronicaÂ White
ReplyÂ toÂ myÂ email:email@example.com