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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:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: James Morrison <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2022 21:53:49 +0100
Subject: Good News To You Congratulions
I am Mr. James Morrison popularly known as Hush Puppy, I am an
internet fraudster and I have been doing this job of scamming people
for the past 22 years,I made over $450 million over the years with all
kind of expensive cars, houses and living extremely rich life, I made
so much money from scamming people but now, I realized that nothing
good last forever and no amount of money can buy life, I have been
hospitalized for months on a life supporting machine over lung cancer
and my doctor said I less than 48 hours on this earth.Yesterday my
pastor visited me at the hospital and while he was praying, he told me
to confess my sins and ask for god forgiveness then I confessed to my
pastor on how I used to scam people and how I made over $450 million
from defrauding people through internet then my pastor said that I
need to give all those money and properties away especially to those I
defrauded but unfortunately, most of the people I defrauded are late
now but I have decided to split all those money to everyone found on
my computer contacts.I have listed all the email and names on my
contact list and decided to compensate all the people I found on my
contact list with the sum of $500,000 each and to be honest, 90% of
the people I defrauded was from America so am doing exactly what my
pastor said that I should return all those money back to those I
collected it from before I can seek the face of the lord.
I have selected all the American contact details on my computer and
yours was among them probably, you and I might have had something in
the past but that I cant remember anymore because all that matters to
me now is to payback this money so I can be free to seek the face of
god and for these reason, I have already concluded an arrangement with
my bank (HSBC BANK) to pay the sum of $500,000 each to any name
submitted by my pastor, the bank can only make payment to only those
names submitted by my pastor as I have handed all the payment
transaction to him as the only one I can trust at the moment knowing
that I might not even be alive in the next 48hours as the doctor said
So, I will advise you to kindly contact my pastor with below details.
NAME â¦.. REV PASTOR FRANCIS EZE OF LIVING FAITH CHURCH OF GOD.
EMAIL â¦â¦ firstname.lastname@example.org
Please you have to contact my pastor immediately for your compensation
of $500,000 from me and also find it in your heart to forgive me and
if this is all I have to do for god to have mercy on my soul and
forgive me then am ready and willing to give away all the money and
the properties besides, what is the need of money, luxury cars and
houses when you donât have a life, its better I return all this money
rather than leaving it at the bank for those corrupts bank managers or
even the government to take over all my assets when am gone so please,
you have to contact my pastor for your $500,000 compensation and do
remember to forgive my mistakes as am not sure if I will still be
alive for the next 48 hours just like my doctors said.
James Morrison A.K.A Hush Puppy