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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million us dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: MR JACK SIMION <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 11:50:22 -0700
Subject: VERY URGENT FUND TRANSFER $20.5MILLION US DOLLARS INTO YOUR OVERSEA ACCOUNT
MY NAME IS MR JACK SIMION I AM WORKING WITH ONE OF THE PRIME BANKS HERE IN
BURKINA FASO. I HAVE A GENUINE BUSINESS TRANSACTION OF $20.5MILLION US
DOLLARS (TWENTY MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND USD) TO TRANSFER INTO YOUR
OVERSEA ACCOUNT,IF YOU ARE INTERESTED SEND TO ME THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
You can get more information's as regards to this website:
WHAT THE BANK NEED IS PROOF AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE LATE CUSTOMER WHICH I
WILL ASSIST YOU ON. THIS TRANSACTION IS GENUINE RISK FREE AND LEGAL
BUSINESS, ALL DETAILS SHALL BE SENT TO YOU ONCE I HEAR FROM YOU.
IF YOU ARE REALLY SURE OF YOUR INTEGRITY, TRUSTWORTHY AND CONFIDENTIALITY
REPLY BACK TO ME URGENTLY THROUGH MY PRIVATE EMAIL HERE: (
FILL THIS INFORMATION AND SEND IT BACK TO ME
YOUR FULL NAME......
YOUR MARITAL STATUS.....
YOUR PHONE NUMBER.....
ONCE I RECEIVE ALL THE INFORMATION FROM YOU, I WILL SEND TO YOU THE
APPLICATION LETTER WHICH YOU WILL FILL AND SEND TO THE BANK IMMEDIATELY.
MR JACK SIMION