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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:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Nancy Viola <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2022 03:18:28 -0700
Subject: PAYMENT NOTIFICATION
My Dear How are you? it's me Nancy Viola.The Homemaker that won Mega
Millions jackpot of US$169 millions at New York Lottery office in
January 30th 2016 and to avoid fraudulent notice, see my interview by
visiting the link bellow:
We just started world charitable donation campaign as we will be
giving a donation sum of Two Million six Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars each to improve the life of three Lucky individuals
from any part of the world. Your email address was submitted to us by
the Google management teams in collabration with microsoft as a
web-mail User and you're among those listed to receive donation
payment sum of US$2.6 Million and also to improve the lives of other
individuals around your community through the help of UNITED SERVICE
AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION BANK (Sisi Financial Bank).
According to the arrangements we signed, Dr. BISHOP, THE CHIEF
FINANCIAL OFFICER United Service Automobile Association Bank New York
Headquarter will be contacted as soon as your draft check worth US$2.6
Million is ready to enable them send you the draft check through USPS
DELIVERY SERVICE COMPANY to destination house address information you
may provide to them. Therefore, you will contact the USPS DELIVERY
SERVICE COMPANY general Director yourself.Once you receive this email,
reply me to provide you with the USPS DELIVERY SERVICE COMPANY contact
details for you to contact them to enable quick release of the
donation payment to you because usps delivery company is always engage
with many customers and business.
If you receive this notification for the first time, your DONATION
CODE is:[NANCY+2018/GIFT/Gi11JS5E] make sure you attach it in your
email whenever you're contacting the USPS Company.
I wait for your reply so I can give you the bank contact details.
Congratulations & Happy Celebrations in Advance,
Good Luck and spend wisely.
Mrs. Nancy Viola
Homemaker wins Mega Millions jackpot.