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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:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Philippines H@ck Union" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 23:40:50 -0500
Subject: Worldwide Fresh Email----?
We are an Email Marketing Team from Manila Philippines.
We provide all kinds of 2023 fresh leads with SMTP/Webmail.
We CREATE GMAIL C-Panel account that can send 800,000 Emails to INBOX
daily (Paid GMX)
Confirmation will be provided if you want to confirm before payment.
We also can help you push / blast if you provide your format/write-up.
To avoid anti-spam filters, we can't write too long here. For more
details, please contact us by:
Philippines Hosting Union.