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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:
- "from the desk of" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: Barrister Saka Sali <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2022 17:43:16 +0100
Subject: Attention:The Approved Fund Owner:
FROM THE DESK OF :
BARRISTER SAKA SALI LLB. BL
CHAIRMAN FUND RELEASE PANEL.
Attention:The Approved Fund Owner:
I am Barrister Saka Sali the Chairman Fund Release Panel African
Continent.I write to inquire from you if, you authorized one Mr.Mark
Wilson to claim your fund on your behalf because of your been incapacitated?
In view of the above information, we wish to know if you are aware
that same Mr. Mark Wilson of this address 10089 Elizabeth
st.Thornton,Colorado 80229,USA with account information as thus, BANK
ATLANTIC,ABA NO:2677083763,ACCOUNT NO:0067989234,CITY,STATE,ZIP:
MIAMI FL33161, wants to claim your fund?
Confirm to be true or false immediately/Call me on phone immediately.
Barrister Saka Sali LLB. BL
CHAIRMAN FUND RELEASE PANEL.