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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: wackow 65 <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2022 16:11:22 -0800
Subject: Urgent notice
I 'M CONTACTING YOU NOW BASE ON THE ISSUE IN MY OFFICE THIS MORNING
BECAUSE YOUR PAYMENT FILE WHICH CONTAIN YOUR $10.8M WAS BROUGHT TO ME
BY THE BANK OF AMERICA HERE IN USA WHO ORDERED ME TO SIGN THE
CANCELLATION OF YOUR PAYMENT FILE AND I ASKED HIM WHY, AND HE SAID
THAT YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED AND ALWAYS INSULT HIM BECAUSE THEY TOLD
YOU TO PAY $250 FOR YOUR DELIVERY COST OF YOUR FUND.
SO I DECIDED TO EMAIL YOU BECAUSE I FOLLOWED THE LAW AND I WILL NOT BE
AGAINST ANYBODY IN THIS WORLD AND I THINK THAT MAYBE HE HAS A LITTLE
PROBLEM WITH YOU I HAVE NOT TOUCH YOUR PAYMENT FILE UNTIL I HEAR FROM
YOU THIS MORNING BECAUSE I HAVE A HUMAN SYMPATHY.
SO MY DEAR I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AND IF YOU ARE STILL NEED TO
RECEIVE YOUR FUND, PLEASE KINDLY GET BACK TO ME IF ACTUALLY YOU STILL
INTERESTED IN RECEIVING YOUR FUND BECAUSE I HAVEN'T TOUCH YOUR FUNDS.
CHIEF JUSTICE Jack Paul