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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- private e-mail so we could discuss privately at (email@example.com). yours in christ, georgette r.j porter my (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Georgette R.J Porter" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 06:04:34 -0300
Subject: Re: Dear Beloved in Christ (Confidential)
Dear Beloved in Christ,
I was surfing through the Internet when I found your email-ID on www.spokeo.com website where you can Lookup Anyone's Email - See their Pictures and look up their Social media Profile. It is really nice to finally connect with you. Although I know that the internet medium of communication has been grossly abused by criminals who have made it very difficult for people with genuine intention to communicate and exchange views without being skeptical or suspicion of anyone we meet on the internet. However, I was at your page and I must say you are doing a great job in your Field this is why I would really love to make you a special friend. I seek your collaboration in a transaction worth $20,755,000 USD, and this is why I decided to contact you directly, everything is 100% LEGAL.
I'm Georgette R.J Porter. Iím a widow, I was born in Alberta, Canada, I migrated to the United states of America (USA) in 1980 with my late husband (Engineer Michael Porter) after we got married; Iím writing this letter from my sick bed because I have been battling with advanced lung disease and I don't know how much longer I have to live, this is why I've decided to entrust my entire money Twenty Million, seven hundred and fifty-five thousand United States Dollars (USD20,755,000.00) to your care for charity purposes to help the less privileged. These were the last wished of my late husband...Ö. my late husband's relatives want me dead by all means so that they will claim all of my late husband's inheritance funds and Real Estate.
CONTACT ME THROUGH MY PRIVATE E-MAIL SO WE COULD DISCUSS PRIVATELY at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Yours in Christ,
Georgette R.J Porter
My Direct email: (email@example.com)