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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:
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Please I want You To Assiste Us," <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2022 04:16:26 -0700
Subject: We really need your attention on this,
Please kindly give attention to this proposal. It is my wish to solicit
your assistance in claiming this sum of (US$27,400,000.00 Million). This
Fund has been dormant in our Bank for a long time, Which I Mrs, Adelia, and
Mr.ZdzisÅaw Zygmunt, We will need your assistance to be a beneficiary of
It can be achieved with your corporation, therefore, I needed your
corporation as the rightful owner of the Funds. The Fund is Currently in
the Bank where the Funds are deposited. I am Sorry, Internet can cause
these letters to enter your spam email. I will furnish you with more
details, Once I received response from you
Bord of Accountant.