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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: "Mr. Sarun Homsiri" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 18:55:12 -0800
Subject: Hello my dearest Friend, pls reply Asap.
Hello my dearest friend,
My name is Sarun Homsiri, a Thai citizen, working as an External
Auditor at a well known bank here in Thailand. I found your contact
during a random search on google.
I am contacting you for a very important reason. One of our late
customers who died as a result of a car accident along with his family
shared similar family name with you. He died 10 years ago and there
is no information of any of his relative whom could inherit his fund
in his account here in our bank.
So,I think we can work things out by sending you all his banking
details for you to claim the funds as soon as you reply my message.
I know their are so many online phishing emails or SPAM
which is the universal terms used to describe any unwanted and
unproductive activity performed on the Internet. Hence, commercial
emails do not have its benefits for businesses or some other important
communications. And this is because so many individuals and
companies have abused the technology of the Internet so much that
almost all commercial emails are referred to as SPAM.
So I urge you to take this email seriously and reply so that we can
provide you with more details to enable us proceed further..
Thanks as I look forward to hear from you.
Mr. Sarun Homsiri.