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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Bill Lawrence" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2022 02:05:03 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend,
I am Mr. Bill Lawrence; I am a 65 years old man, greetings to you in
the name of the lord. This message is sent to you as a notification
that you have been chosen to benefit from our charity project aimed at
touching lives and helping those that we can across the world during
this COVID-19 Pandemic period as God has blessed us.I won the Power
Ball lottery of $150Million on December 16, 2019 and I have
voluntarily decided to donate the sum of $10Million to charity, I try
to reach people randomly from different sources and modes so as to
touch lives from different angles, hence you are getting a message
You have been listed as one of the lucky recipients to receive $2M
This donation is made out to you so to enable you strengthen your
personal issues and mostly to generously help us extend hands of
giving to the less privileged, orphans and charity organizations
within your locality at the period of COVID-19 Pandemic that the world
is facing right now.
To verify my winnings kindly check the link below;
However for the purpose of proper verification among other relevant
information, it is imperative that you supply us with the following
requirements and return back to me and my entire household will be
glad for you to visit us after my donation gets to you. Do this on
time so you can contact the payout bank for further directives to
receive this donation.
Cell Phone Number:===========
Note: If you received this message in SPAM /BULK folder, it is because
of the restrictions imposed by your MAIL/INTERNET service provider, we
urge you to treat it genuinely.
May the Good lord bless your heart to be a blessing to your family and
your society as soon as my donation gets to you
Get back to me on how to receive the donation
Mr. Bill Lawrence