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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. Roy Cockrum" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2022 04:01:20 -0700
Subject: Greetings to you,
Greetings to you,
I am Mr. Roy Cockrum, I decided to make my donation to Charity and Individu=
als as God has lead me to and i told some Ministers about this which they s=
aid was a welcome idea and promised they will get me a list of some people =
that my donation will help their lives and put smile in the face of the nee=
dy, I decided to select my self by going to Microsoft/Google to make resear=
I won the largest Powerball jackpot ever in Tennessee lottery history, be a=
ssured that you stand no risk as this is my money, for source and verificat=
ion read more about me by clicking this link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ne=
Based on the win we decided that just 100 people be selected for this benef=
it, leaving each beneficiary with $372,000 each to better their lives becau=
se we can't enjoy it all alone, as the win is for sharing.
May the Good Lord bless you.
Mr. Roy Cockrum
=A9 Roy Cockrum Foundation