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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united states 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)
- ",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.
Fraud email example:
From: "GOOD NEWS" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 11:01:59 -0800
Subject: FACEBOOK NOTIFICATION
FACEBOOK FINANCIAL GRANT SUPPORT TEAM WISH YOU A PROSPEROUS & HAPPYNEW YEAR 2022.
Facebook Financial Grant Support 2021
University Avenue, Glasgow,
Lanarkshire G12 8QQ,
The entire members of Facebook Grant Support team wish you a Prosperous New Year 2022. We would also like to use this medium to remind you that your won cash prize of Five Million United States Dollars has been approved to be paid to you as the rightful beneficiary and we are waiting for you to communicate us with the requirement as you were directed. The said Fund $5,000,000.00USD (Five Million United States Dollars) is your entitled winning in the Facebook International Financial Grant Support Program, you have no reason loosing out in this great opportunity. I must assure you that your winning in this Grant Support Program was not an error.
Facebook Inc is a Noble Organization by the unmatchable standard and remarkable reputation we built in discharging our duties and services, we can never ask any winner in this Grant Support Program to pay any fee in other to receive there winning hence the person will come to our pay center to claim his/her prize, be informed that we can never force you to go against your wish.
I am the Coordinator Officer Facebook International Financial Grant Support. I must assure you that this Program is 100% free from risk and you must receive your $5,000,000.00USD completely paid. Your payment must be disbursed to you as you requested.
Mr. Marc Andreessen
Facebook Financial Grant Support.
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