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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: "Mr.Abdul Waziri" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2023 02:28:47 -0800
Subject: Your Cooperation Is Needed For The Project .
Compliment of the season.
My Name is Mr.Abdul Waziri ( Assistant Manager in Rural Development
Bank ) Please i want to carry out a project with your help to build
some Commercial Houses & Poultry Farms there in your Country.
I came to you with 100% trust please, if you wouldn't mind to handle
this project on my behalf do not hesitate to send me your personal
information as requested below here for more details.
The amount involved for this project is ( â¬35 Million EUROS) (Your
percentage will be 30% ) your earlier response will be appreciated.
Your Full Name
Your Telephone Contact.
I hope to hear from you as soon as possible thanks and God bless you