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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "fiduciary agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Jessy White" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2022 04:35:01 +0000
Subject: Re: Compensation
Good day to you and your family.I am happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the co-operation of a new partner from Belgium.Presently I am in Belgium for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts you made in getting your winnings sent to your delivery address, despite that it failed us some how Now contact my secretary in Australia his name is (Mr Nathan Couart Vinox),
Find below his contact information.
Name: Mr Nathan Couart Vinox
Ask him to send you the total $550,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND US DOLLARS) Across Counter certified bank Check,which I raised in your favor for your compensation for all the past efforts you have made in receiving your winnings in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very,much. So feel free and get in touched with my secretary and give him your address where to send the check to you.Please do let me know immediately you receive the Check to enable us share the joy after all the sufferer at that time. In the moment,I am very busy here because of the investment projects,which the new partner and me are having at hand, finally,remember that I have forwarded instruction to the secretary on
your behalf to receive that money. So feel free to get in touch with him (Mr Nathan Couart Vinox) without any delay.
Pastor Jessy D. White,
GOOD NEWS CONTACT MY SECRETARY IMMEDIATELY