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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: Kole Imports <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 16:15:04 +0100
Subject: Urgent Inquiry
I came to know from some trusted sources of your products and would very
much like to learn more about it. As such we are interested in your
product, kindly send me your price list for checking. What's your minimum
Please send us your catalogue or any information that could help me in my
selection process. Kindly provide me with more product details such as
Payment Terms, Delivery Time, and Certification.
Looking forward to your prompt reply
*Kole Imports UAB*
Silutes pl.107, LT-95112 BucureÈti
Phone/fax: +370 46 320548
Mob.: +370 612 49987