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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.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Warren Buffett" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2022 21:00:37 -0800
Nazywam sie Warren E. Buffett, amerykanski magnat biznesowy, inwestor i filantrop. TwÃ³j adres e-mail zostal dostarczony przez firme Google Inc. losowo wybrana jako aktywny uzytkownik w sieci. W tym roku zdecydowalem sie przekazac 5 procent mojego majatku zarÃ³wno organizacjom charytatywnym, jak i osobom fizycznym z powodu pandemii koronawirusa, ktÃ³ra sparalizowala caly swiat. Przekazuje ci 2 000 000,00 â¬ i zachecam cie, abys pomÃ³gl komus w twoim otoczeniu, chocby odrobina, ktÃ³ra mozesz.
Skontaktuj sie ze mna na ten adres e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, aby uzyskac wiecej informacji.