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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:
- "00,000.00" (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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Thomas Yi" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "Thomas Yi" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2022 14:18:15 -0700
Subject: Approval List - COVID Giveaways.
Hello Good Day,
This is the second email Notification I am emailing to you without a response from you. This is just to notify you that this email account of yours was selected to receive a Donation from My Organisation. My name is Thomas Yi from Florida. I'm a business magnate, investor and philanthropist, I am also the Winner of a $ 235 million jackpot from the Power Ball lottery held on March 27, 2021.
Due to the corona virus outbreak I gave away 25 percent of my personal wealth to charity, And as a result of the re-emergence of the New Variant ( Omicron ) I've also pledged to give away another 25% to 10 individuals this year 2022. The corona virus outbreak isn't just a major health crisis; it's also a large economic disruption leading to people losing their jobs and making it harder for them to take care of their families and to have a meaningful livelihood.
We philanthropists we've heard that a little kindness, a little financial support can go a long way in enhancing happiness in the lives of mankind, Hence my entire family and I have agreed to do this, We are donating $3,800,000.00 each ( three Million eight Hundred Thousand Dollars )to help 10 individuals and small businesses (Owners).
Your name and email address were randomly picked in an ongoing online Donation Pool. I have decided to donate $3,800,000.00 Dollars to you. Do respond to this notification through ( email@example.com ) to afford us the opportunity of you redeeming your donation, and please accept this token as a gift from me and my family.
Thomas Yi ( CEO/Founder )
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