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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",500,000" (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)
- 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: DAVID KENNETH <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2022 15:52:11 +0100
Subject: Greetings, I need your recognition.
Greetings, I need your recognition.
My name is Mrs Maureen Greaves,
I'm 60 years old and I'm very Sick and
I have been diagnosed with Cancer and my doctors said I don't have
much time left, I am a widow and I have no child of my own. I want to
support the poor and orphans in your country with the sum of
10,500,000 USD. Ten million five hundred thousand dollars. You may be
wondering why I chose you, but I selected you after I prayed over it
before seeing your contact.
This funds my late husband left for me and I have no child that will
inherit this wealth and I am also dying of Cancer. I made a promise to
God that before I die I will use these funds for charity, The poor and
Orphans around the world. Please kindly contact me back for me to
direct you on how to get the funds from where it was deposited in
Benin Republic by my late Husband.Thank you, I will be waiting to hear
from you, respond to this my
personal email address
Mrs Maureen Greaves