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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Bernard Arnault <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2022 23:49:44 -0700
Subject: You have been gifted $2 MILLION USD in 2022 Donation Funds in this
month of April.
You have been gifted $2 MILLION USD in 2022 Donation Funds in this month of
Contact us at this email for your claim: (email@example.com)
Note: if you found this email in your junk/spam, it's because of your
internet Isp server.
I hope this information meet you well as I know you will be curious to know
why/how I selected you to receive a cash sum of $2 MILLION USD, our
information below is 100% legitimate, My wife and I decided to donate the
sum of $2,000,000.00 USD to you as part of our charity project to improve
the lot of 10 lucky individuals all over the world from our $13.5 Billion
Usd I and My Wife Mapped out to help people before she died. We prayed and
searched over the internet for assistance because I saw your profile on the
Microsoft email owners list and picked you. Helene, my wife and I have
decided to make sure this is put on the internet for the world to see. My
wife has cancer and she died at Colchester regional hospital, my wife just
didn't die but she was a great person and I miss her so much and this is
why I have decided to do one thing I promised her forever. as you could see
from the web page above, am not getting any younger
You see after taken care of the needs of our immediate family members,
Before she died we decided to donate the remaining of our Billions to other
individuals around the world in need, the local fire department, the red
cross, Haiti, hospitals in Truro where Helene underwent her cancer
treatment, and some other organizations in Asia and Europe that fight
cancer, Alzheimer's and diabetes and the bulk of the funds deposited with
our payout bank of this charity donation. We have kept just 40% of the
entire sum to ourselves for the remaining days because I am sick and am
writing to you from a hospital computer because I don't know when I will
die. To facilitate the payment process of the funds ($2,000,000,00 USD)
which have been donated solely to you,
you are to send us.
your full names...........................
your contact address.....................
your personal telephone number..........
your Date of birth.....................
your Marital Status...................
One Passport photograph or any of your valid Identity so that I can forward
your payment information to you immediately. I am hoping that you will be
able to use the money wisely and judiciously over there in your country.
Please, you have to do your part to also alleviate the level of poverty in
your region, help as many as you can once you have this money in your
personal account because that is the only objective of donating this money
to you in the first place. I like to reassure you of the legitimacy of
these services as we will not be involved in any fraudulent act and will
Use the money wisely, we only want to feel good by helping people this time
of the year, this is the only thing that makes my wife happy too even now
that she is not here with me anymore, we have too much to give away as I
only have a few months left on earth. I will advise you as the prospective
lucky Person to be calm not to lose this great opportunity which millions
of people are trying to entangle but the chances just couldn't come for
them because a lot of people are out there to discourage them as they don't
know how it works, and have never seen such before.
Thank you for accepting our offer, we are indeed grateful You Can Google my
name for more information: Mr. Bernard Jean Ãtienne Arnault.
God bless you
Mr.Bernard Jean Ãtienne Arnault Billionaire investor