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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Compensation office." <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 17:32:56 -0800
Subject: Re: GET BACK TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Security alert your name is listed on the scam list ofthe united
state of America . It shows you have been scammed many times.
The Government has map out some amount of money to compensate the
victims, each person will be compensated with the sum of $200,000 (Two
Hundred Thousand Dollars.
But please kindly send us any details of the scammer you have to
enable us track him and get him/her arrested !!!
We await your co-proration.
Dr. Robert Carter Frank
Coordinator, International Settlement Unit
Tel: + 18016758764.