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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Rosendo Annesty" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2023 00:52:40 -1200
Subject: Reply Asap
My name is Mr.Rosendo Annesty, I am a dying man who has decided to donate
what I have to the charities. Am a 75 years old man, and was diagnosed with
cancer about four years ago, immediately after the death of my wife, I have
been touched to donate what I have inherited from my late wife for good
work rather than allow his financial institution to confiscate my wife's
hard earned funds.
As I lay on my sick bed, I want you to help me in carrying out my last wish
on earth which will be very profitable to you. I want to WILL a total sum
of $24 Million USD to you, which I want you to distribute part of it to
less privileged orphanages, widows, disabled people, and the rest for
yourself and your family.
I will inform you on how to share all the money, I will give you the
contact details of the paying bank official for you to contact them and
request for the funds payment.
Kindly Provide your details below for us to proceed.
1)Your complete Name.....
I will be looking forward to hearing from you for further details.