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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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Warren Buffett" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 13:14:19 +0530
Subject: You have been gifted $5 MILLION USD
Greetings to You
I hope this information meet you well as I know you will be curious to know
why how I selected you to receive a cash sum of $5,000,000,00 USD
My wife and I decided to donate the sum of $5,000,000,00 USD to you as part
of our charity project to improve the lot of 10 lucky individuals all over
the world from our $12 Billion Usd I and My Wife Mapped out to help people
before she died. We prayed and searched over the internet for assistance
because I saw your profile on Microsoft email owners list and picked you.
Susan, my wife and I have decided to make sure this is put on the internet
for the world to see. My wife has cancer and she died at Colchester
You see after taken care of the needs of our immediate family members,
Before she died we decided to donate the remaining of our Billions to other
individuals around the world in need, the local fire department, the red
cross, Haiti, hospitals in truro where Susan underwent her cancer
treatment, and some other organizations in Asia and Europe that fight
cancer, alzheimer's and diabetes and the bulk of the funds deposited with
our payout bank of this charity donation. We have kept just 40% of the
entire sum to ourselves for the remaining days because I am sick and am
writing to you from the hospital computer because I don't know when I will
Contact us at this email for your claim:[firstname.lastname@example.org]
To facilitate the payment process of the funds $5,000,000.00 USD which have
been donated solely to you, you are to send us
your full names.
your contact address.
your personal phone number.
Thank you for accepting our offer. We are indeed grateful You Can Google my
name for more information
God bless you
Mr Warren Buffett