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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.
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- 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.
- +447024067534 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- 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: Tom Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2022 12:08:19 -0700
Subject: Re: Your Response
I am Tom Williams a Account Officer to Late Alex Hernandez who works
with the Mobile Oil Company who died in auto crash Last Year 2021,
before his sudden death he left USD$12.800.000.00 Million in a fixed
Deposit Account here in the Bank As his personal Account Officer the
bank Authorize me to look for his relatives to come forward to claim
his (Funds) as inheritance/Next of kin but I have not been able to
locate any his family,So I humbly need your Assistance to receive
these Funds into your Account as the Next of Kin, this transaction
must kept confidential between me and you, i will present you at the
Bank as Next of Kin.
I guarantee you NO Risk and will be successful without any problem.
You will take 60% of the total Funds receive into your Account and 40%
Meanwhile you should indicate your interest by sending me your full
details below :
As soon as i receive above information, you will be furnished with all details,
Thanks, for your participation.
+447 0240 67534.
My E-mail contact : email@example.com