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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:
- "million united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "power of attorney" (with your bank details and a power of attorney form criminals sometimes empty bank accounts)
- 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 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Ambassador Mrs Mary Beth Leonard <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2022 13:26:26 +0100
Subject: THIS IS Ambassador Mrs Mary Beth Leonard
THIS IS Ambassador Mrs Mary Beth Leonard
Good day how are you doing this is Mrs ambassador I've been sending you an
email but no response from you please you have to get back to me because
it's an urgent or you send me your WhatsApp number But we are having
misunderstanding because a lady by name Mrs. Delores Olea, from United
States of America called our Office on Friday stating that she is your new
next of kin that you have given her the power of attorney to claim your
unpaid ATM CARD Fund worth of $4.8Million United State Dollars, she clearly
informed our Office that you have instructed her to receive the funds on
your favor that you are greatly Will which makes it impossible for you to
ask all our calls and email to you so far that you cannot work or answer
any calls due your presently health condition.
Executive Board of Director Federal Ministry of Finance World are currently
and so confuse about her claim that is why the authority instructed me to
contact you for us to know if she is telling us the truth or not to avoid
delivering of your unpaid fund worth of $4.8Million United State Dollars to
unexpected person as we have no clue about this person Mrs. Delores Olea.
She also forwarded below information DETAILS to us for the delivery of your
unpaid inheritance Payment worth the total sum of $4.8Million United State
Dollars. ( Email- firstname.lastname@example.org FULL NAME== Mrs.Delores Olea
COUNTRY===USA ADDRESS===500 OLD DENTON RD APT 208; CARROLLTON, TEXAS
75007 PHONE NUMBER== (845) 218-1685 ) Kindly check this information and
name if we can go ahead and deliver the funds to her info.
Reconfirm the information below
1. Your Full Name:====== 2. Your Telephone No:=== 3. Your Country:======== 4. Your Home Address:===
We wait to hear from you soon. Don't keep us waiting for your own good.
Ambassador Mrs Mary Beth Leonard
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