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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 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: Reza Khan <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2022 10:44:37 +0100
Nwanne i will now upgrade your gmail BCC to be sending 5000 emails per
send NO LIMIT emails per day for 10k naira only, NO LIMIT webmail or
NO LIMIT SMTP will now go for 10k Naira only,1 million fresh email
addresses of any country or mixed worldwide still goes for 15k Naira
only, i will now throw your format to 1 million fresh email addresses
with your reply to box for 20k Naira only, with 15k Naira only, i can
flash any amount of money to your clients bank account and they will
receive email and SMS alert to their phone notifying them of the
deposit made to their account and when they go to ATM or login to
their mobile banking app they will see the money in their account but
can't transfer or withdraw
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