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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.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs ANNA WENG <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2022 12:13:39 +0100
Subject: DEAR BELOVED FRIEND VERY URGENT
Please accept my unreserved apology if this short humanitarian
proposition offends your sensitivity. I intend no insult or harm.
My name is Anna Weng, Singaporean, 69 years old. I have a proposition
which I am convinced that you can handle the project.
I am Christian and would love to reach out to those in need but I need
your help since I am not totally strong to sustain the stress and
handle the process of this project. of $5.5M. (Five Million Five
Hundred Thousand U.S. Dollars)
of my late Husband's Fund deposited with the bank so that the person
can get the money and utilize 70% of this money to fund churches,
orphanages, and widows around the world and keep the remaining 30% for
Your full name
Your age and Profession.
Your urgent response will be highly appreciated.
Mrs. Anna Weng