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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 us 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)
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: white <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2022 16:15:40 +0000
Subject: Dear friend
Greetings from jenet white, Please Read Carefully;
I'm Mrs, jenet white, Army surgeon General from America. I'm In
Texas at the moment now in the Military Zone Camp we are not allowed
to make use of mobile
phone, we only make use of radio message and email communication, I
have decided to communicate via emails only.
My dear, I discovered some Gold in my Duty which I kept The Gold in
the Bank and the
Bank Management told me that they are going to pay me equivalent
amount of $3,600.000.00 Million US dollars for the Gold which I
agreed with them. But I donât want the money to be transferred to my
account because of my position in Army since they knows me as
Military personnel, American Government will like to know how I get
such amount of money as they knows my income and my salary.
Due to this, I have made solid arrangements with the Bank Directors to
help me transfer the money to any Country of my choice and they have
accepted and promised to transfer the money to my choosing
destination. It is my intention to compensate you on the percentage %
we agreed on for your services as you stand as my partner and the
entire money been transferred to you. As soon as you receive the money
I will resign as a soldier as I am planning to invest in Manufacturing
Company, also I will fly to meet you in your Country immediately the
Coved-19 pandemic short down is over for us to build Family friendship
together. We need urgent movement on this deal because the money is in
the Bank suspense account it has NO Beneficiary names YET as I did not
use my names because it will be risk for me to use my names if
American Government discover that such amount of money is on my names
here in is America they will like to know the source of the
money. please Make your respond urgent to me;
please contact me here for security purpose (email@example.com)
Mrs, jenet white.