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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:
- "lome togo" (a location commonly mentioned 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: HENRY MATTHOW <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 20:36:32 +0100
Subject: KAUPAPA KAUPAPA
I tukuna atu e au tenei reta ki a koe, kotahi marama ki muri, engari kare
au i rongo mai i a koe, kaore au i te tino mohio kua riro mai i a koe, na
reira ka kii ano ahau, Tuatahi, ko Mrs Kristalina Gueorguieva ahau,
Kaiwhakahaere Whakahaere. me te Heamana o te International Monetary Fund.
Ae, kua arotakehia e matou nga arai me nga raru katoa e karapoti ana i to
tauwhitinga kaore ano kia oti, me to korenga ki te whakatutuki i nga utu
whakawhiti kua tukuna ki a koe, mo nga whiringa whakawhiti o mua, tirohia
to maatau pae mo to whakapumautanga www.imf.org
Ko matou te Poari Whakahaere, te Peeke o te Ao me te International Monetary
Fund (IMF) Washington, D.C. i te taha o Te US Department of the Treasury me
etahi atu Tari Tirotiro whai take i konei i te United States of America.
kua whakahau i ta matou Waenga Tuku Utu Utu, United Bank of Africa Lome
Togo kia tukuna he Kaari VISA ki a koe, kei reira to putea $1.5 miriona ka
tukuna atu, mo te tango atu i to putea.
I te wa o ta matou tirotirohanga, i kite matou i runga i te pouri kua
whakaroahia to utu e nga apiha kino o te Peeke e ngana ana ki te huri i o
putea ki o raatau putea.
Na i tenei ra ka whakamohio atu koe, kua tukuna to putea ki roto i te Kaari
VISA e te UBA Bank me te rite ano ki te tuku, Tena waea atu ki te awhina
UBA Bank Mr. Tony Elumelu Email (email@example.com)
Tukuna atu ki a ia nga korero e whai ake nei mo te tuku i to Kaari ATM VISA
whaimana ki to waahi noho.
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