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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 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: lotto draw <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 14:38:10 +0200
Subject: CONGRATS, YOU HAVE WON R950,000.00 FROM OMO PROMOTION.
REPLY TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS HAVE WON YOU R950,000.00 ( NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY
THOUSAND RANDS ) FROM OMO WASHING POWDER PLC PROMOTION UK, HELD IN SA
REF No (2022TC) TO BE ACTIVATED AND TRANSFER TO YOUR ACCOUNT.
FOR CLAIM SEND EMAIL TO: email@example.com WITH YOUR DETAILS
1.YOUR FULL NAMES:
OMO WASHING POWDER MANAGEMENT.