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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Julia Iris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2022 01:58:08 +0200
Subject: Re: My greetings
Re: My greetings
I am Mrs Julia Iris a retired Economic Operator hospitalized for health reasons. I suffer from heart disease and the results of some of my medical tests showed that my days on earth are numbered, while I have in my Bank a sum of money of Three million four hundred and twenty-five thousand. Euros.
Unfortunately, I have no family or children who will be able to benefit from this money. I was advised by the Catholic bishop and my spiritual guide to inherit it from a person whom I must choose at random, who can put these funds to good use. Reason why I am contacting you today by email given that I am under hospitalization in order to live the rest of my life. You are therefore the beneficiary of 3,425,000 EURO. I offer it to you from the bottom of my heart, I just ask for prayers in return so that my soul may rest in peace on the last day.
Please write to me by Email: email@example.com
May the Lord God creator of heaven and earth hear your prayers,