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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.
- 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: Kelvin Rowland <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2022 12:06:41 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend,
My name is Mr. Kelvin Rowland, a Banker and credit system Operator, I saw
your email address while browsing through the bank DTC Screen in my
office so I decided to use this opportunity to get to know you.
Your last Name tallied with that of our deceased Customer, that
deposited a sum value of US$20 Million which has Matured awaiting
administrative order for remittance and no one has come for claim
after so many years of his death.
I will use my office to place you or your company as the next of Kin
to the deceased Customer, and we shall share the Fund 40% for you and
50% for me, while the rest 10% shall be used to offset all expenses.
Do get back to me with thus:
(1) Your first Name:
(1b) Your last name:
(1c) Company name:
(2) Residential Address:
(3) Phone and Mobile number :
(4) your age:
(5) Your occupation:
(6) Your sex:
(7) Attach your ID card.
Reply me back for more Details via my private E-Mail address.