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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: franklin peter <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:05:05 -0800
Subject: RE. YOUR FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES
INTERNATIONAL POLICE (INTERPOL)
RE. YOUR FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES
I am Detective franklin peter, Head of Fraud Unit, International
Police(Interpol). This Unit is set up to Checkmate and Fight against
Corruption, Cyber Crime, Drugs, Environmental Fasted Financial Crime,
Piracy and Terrorism in the Global Community.
Through our Cyber Monitoring system , we have been able to tracked down
various email sent from Africa aimed at unsuspected Victims in the United
States of America and other part of the Europe and Asia .
Further analysis prove that you Exchanged email communication with the
said impostors and some Fees was advanced (PAID ) by you.
Please if the above information is correct, Please kindly advice back to
enable us file to retrieve the fees paid by you and also register a case
against the authority for compensation on your behalf.
Detective franklin peter
International Police (INTERPOL)
Head of Fraud Unit,International