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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 Gina Cheri haspel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2022 23:10:20 +0100
Subject: Dear Email Owner/Beneficiar
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY(CIA) HELLO DEAR
THIS IS CIA WE ORDER YOU TO STOP COOPERATING WITH SCAMMERS WE HAVE
INVESTIGATED YOUR PHONE TEXT MESSAGES AS WE WHERE ABLE TO BREAK INTO
IT AND FIND OUT THAT YOU HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH SCAMMERS AND FAKE FBI
WHICH YOU BELIEVE THAT SOME ARE REAL BUT THEY ARE NOT. WE THEREFOR
ORDER YOU TO STOP DEALING WITH THOSE SCAMMERS OR YOU WILL FACE A JAIL
TERM OF 2YEARS. ALL THOSE NUMBERS YOU HAVE ON YOUR PHONE WHICH
CLAIMED TO HAVE SOME MONEY FOR YOU ARE ALL SCAMMERS AND WE ORDER YOU
TO QUIT CHATTING WITH THEM IMMEDIATELY AS YOUR COMPENSATION FUND IS
NOW IN OUR CUSTODY WHICH WE WILL PROCEED TO DELIVER TO YOU AND YOU
DONâT NEED TO PAY ANY FEES TO CLAIM IT IF YOU PROVIDE YOUR BANK
INFORMATION WE WILL TRANSFER IT IMMEDIATELY. BUT IF YOU DONâT HAVE A
BANK ACCOUNT THAT WHERE YOU WILL NEED TO PAY A LITTLE FEES FOR CASH
DELIVERY THANKS CIA
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
Mrs Gina Cheri haspel
Here is my cellphone number +1(469) 745-8033 call me or text me, thank
you so much