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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: "The Connolly's Foundation" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 09 Jan 2022 03:44:25 +0100
Subject: NEW YEAR'S PROJECT
I pray this message reaches you well ,
With everything going on around the world , from the global pandemic to the recent flood invasion in parts of Europe,amongst other natural disaters. You have been selected among 9 other persons to receive the sum of â¬ 1 Million donation each, you are expected to distribute the 2021 Gift/support fund to the less privileged people within your community affected by pandemic and those facing tough times .
Your answer will save a soul in your neighborhood and let us make this world a better place. I hope you realize that every day is another opportunity to do good and impert lifes ! There can be no better time than now ! Contact us at your earliest convenience if you receive this email for more details and processing of claim.
Mrs. Frances Connolly
The Connolly Founation.
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