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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:
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- 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: Rev Frank Elliot <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2022 12:11:09 +0100
Subject: Your Compensation Contact my secetary,
Dear My Good Friend,
I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred to
a Swiss Account with the co-operation of a new partner from Paraguay who is an
international business man.
Presently I'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the total
sum. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how. So I have given my
Secretary instruction to send your Debit Card/ATM which contains the sum of
$900.000.00 usd (Nine Hundred thousand Dollars only}) on your name which I
have used as a compensation for your past effort.
Now contact my secretary him contact is: Mr.Moses Dom
No 1 Alfred Rewane Road,Falomo Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
Ask him to send you the total $900.000.00 usd Debit Card/ATM (Nine Hundred
thousand Dollars only}) which I kept for your compensation for all the past
efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at
that time very much.
So feel free and get in touched with my secretary Mr.Moses Dom and
instruct him where to send the Debit Card/ATM to you. Please do let me know
immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the suffering
at that time. In the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment
projects which I and my new partner are having at hand.
Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your
behalf to receive that Debit Card/ATM containing $900.000.00, so feel free to
get in touch with Mr.Moses Dom and he will send the Debit Card/ATM to
you without any delay.
Therefore, you should send him your full Name, Your ID if any--, telephone
number and contact address for his reference and make further arrangement with
him on how you want to receive your Debit Card/ATM.
MR. Rev Frank Elliot
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