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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:
- ",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)
- 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: Mrs Kansai <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2022 20:57:16 -0800
Subject: Your Assistance is needed Urgently
Your Assistance is needed Urgently
I know this email might be a surprise to you, due to the fact that
we have never met before, I got your email contact from the
International Chamber of Commerce and I believed that you will be of
help to this deal I am proposing to you.
I am Mrs. Yokoma Kansai, I need your assistant to help me retrieve my
late husband's Fund $300,000,000.00 which he deposited in a SECURITY
BANK. He was CEO of KANSAI OIL & GAS TOKYO JAPAN. My husband Dr.
HISANAGA KANSAI died months ago of the COVID19 pandemic, I wish to
have a deal with you regarding the fund.
As a result of his sudden death his business associates are trying to
rip me off my late husband's assets and heirlooms which he had left
for me before his painful demise. I want you to help me retrieve the
FUND from the Bank, as my late Husband's Business partner.
l ready and willing to divulge more information to you upon your
positive response. Please let me know your thoughts . Kindly reply
through this email: email@example.com
Mrs. Yokoma Kansai.