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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: "Wong Benjamin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 06 Jul 2022 07:50:53 -0700
Subject: Invitation for partnership.
This is a private effort to introduce a partnership intention to you.
I am doing this on behalf of a group of career public servants from Asia.
We plan to venture into an investment profile of large volume, for which we seek to engage you as our representative.
Though our proposed remuneration package is impressive, it is made flexible enough to accommodate some adjustment if necessary, and the candidate we want for the position is someone from your Country.
If this is something you can do, I will appreciate your early response, so that I can provide more and appropriate details of the entire proposal.