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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- +447035918232 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: FRANK MILLER <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2022 06:42:49 +0100
Subject: Attention : Beneficiary $15.5Million From Natwest Bank Plc London
Nat west Bank Pl c London
I35 Bishops gate Plaza
Attention : Dear
It was Resolved and Agreed that your Inheritance/Contract Fund would
be released to you on a special method of payment which tag"HOME
DELIVERY AT YOUR DOOR STEP" you are Advised to Re-confirm YOUR NAME,
ADDRESS, NEXT OF KIN. PHONE AND FAX NUMBER TO CLAIM YOUR FUND.
Manager Nat west Bank Plc.