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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 united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- 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: INTERPOL POLICE FORCE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2022 12:51:03 -0800
Subject: Attention Dear Email Owner
ATTENTION DEAR EMAIL OWNER
MY NAME IS AHMED NASER AL RAISI
Am from the interpol police force We are here to let you know that
those officials whom are delaying your
funds not to be delivered to you since
has been arrested by this Interpol Police
Force and you are now advise to get back to us with your full contact
we are now in-charge of the transaction to make sure it is monitored
until it is received by you.
Now contact us with the below information and you
will receive your 12 Million United State Dollars within 72 hours
of your contact to us. so your urgent respond is needed with your full
contact information such as
your full name...............
your home address.............
your phone number.............
your email address.............
your next of kin ..............
your income amount............
HON AHMED NASER AL RAISI
thank you and we are waiting to hear from you as soon as you receive this email
REGARDS FROM INTERPOL POLICE FORCE UNIT.
HON CHIEF AHMED NASER AL RAISI