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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:
- "hundred thousand united state dollars" (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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Kathryn Hensley" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2022 09:17:58 +0100
Subject: Re; Notice...
I have been in search of a relative to our deceased customer. I was pushed to contact you and see how best we can assist each other. I am Mrs. Kathryn Hensley, I work in a bank here in Philippine as Audit Manager. I believe it is the will of God for me to come across you now. I am having an important business discussion I wish to share with you which I believe will interest you, because it's in connection with your last name and you are going to benefit from it.
A citizen of your country had a fixed deposit with my bank, valid at US$12,500,000.00 (Twelve Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) . The due date for this deposit was last year. Sadly Gentian was among the death victims in the May 11th 2020 fatal accident here in Philippines involving seven vehicles along paranaque city road manila Philippine where Thirty- Five people were killed on the spot.
It's better than us claiming the money then allowing the Bank Directors to take it, They are rich already. I am not a greedy person, so I am suggesting we share the fund equally, 50/50 to both parties, my share will assist me to start my own company and we then proceed for charity which has been my dream.
Let me know your thoughts on my proposal. Please, do treat this information as confidential i have more to write you about the details once i receive your urgent response strictly through my personal email address : firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a nice day and remain blessed. Anticipating your urgent response
Mrs. Kathryn Hensley