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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: "George Connor" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2022 10:07:52 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend,
My Name is George Connor, i am the Attorney and
Solicitors Administrator of Mr JEFFERY SCOTT, a rich and a
philanthropist who died during the ill fated Kenyan air line in Adis
Ababa however before he died he had through me his solicitor and
Administrator of his estate and funds, had instructed that all his
wealth and proceeds from his estate ,to the tune of the total sum of
$350 MILLION US DOLLAR should go for humanitarian and philanthropy
Specifically he directed that this fund should be given to the
motherless babies homes, the needles and HIV patients, through a
verifiable NGOS AND Religious organization OR honest and transparent
individuals. it is on this backdrop i am contacting you to indicate
your interest. willingness and readiness to be a part of this
humanitarian project.Please note that the 60% will be dedicated to the
core charity, while the balance of 40% will be shared between you ans
me who now serves as the facilitators of the said fund at 20% apiece,
Please you have to send your details as Follows.
(1)Your Full Name
(2)Your contact Address
(3)Your Tell-Phone number
(4)Your Occupation and Age
(5)A copy of your valid I.D
(6)Your Bank account Details
As soon as i receive your response expressing your willingness i shall
furnish you with more details and further actions.