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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:
- "@diplomats.com" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- 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: James Morrison <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2022 13:17:26 +0100
Subject: Congratulions Happy New Year
I am Mr. James Morrison popularly known as Hush Puppy, I am an
internet fraudster and I have been doing this job of scamming people
for the past 22 years,I made over $450 million over the years with all
kind of expensive cars, houses and living extremely rich life, I made
so much money from scamming people but now, I have been hospitalized
for months on a life supporting machine over lung cancer and my
doctor said I less than 48 hours on this earth. Yesterday my pastor
visited me at the hospital and while he was praying, he told me to
confess my sins and ask for god forgiveness then I confessed to my
pastor on how I used to scam people and how I made over $450 million
from defrauding people through internet then my pastor said that I
need to give all those money and properties away especially to those I
defrauded but unfortunately, most of the people I defrauded are late
now but I have decided to split all those money to everyone found on
my computer contacts. I have listed all the email and names on my
contact list and decided to compensate all the people I found on my
contact list with the sum of $500,000 each and to be honest, 90% of
the people I defrauded was from America so am doing exactly what my
pastor said that I should return all those money back to those I
collected it from before I can seek the face of the lord. I have
selected all the American contact details on my computer and yours was
among them probably, you and I might have had something in the past
but that I cant remember anymore because all that matters to me now is
to payback this money so I can be free to seek the face of god and for
these reason, I have already concluded an arrangement with my bank
(UNION BANK) to pay the sum of $500,000 each to any name submitted by
my pastor, the bank can only make payment to only those names
submitted by my pastor as I have handed all the payment transaction to
him as the only one I can trust at the moment knowing that I might not
even be alive in the next 48hours as the doctor said So, I will advise
you to kindly contact my pastor with below details. NAME â¦.. REV
PASTOR FRANCIS EZE OF LIVING FAITH CHURCH OF GOD. TEL: +2349013398761
EMAIL â¦â¦ email@example.com Please you have to contact my
pastor immediately for your compensation of $500,000 from me and also
find it in your heart to forgive me and if this is all I have to do
for god to have mercy on my soul and forgive me then am ready and
willing to give away all the money and the properties besides, what is
the need of money, luxury cars and houses when you donât have a life,
its better I return all this money rather than leaving it at the bank
for those corrupts bank managers or even the government to take over
all my assets when am gone so please, you have to contact my pastor
for your $500,000 compensation and do remember to forgive my mistakes
as am not sure if I will still be alive for the next 48 hours just
like my doctors said. James Morrison A.K.A Hush Puppy