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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "million dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- world-wide. do you authorized aimee tiscione email: email@example.com to contact the us embassy here in benin republic to claim (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Abebe Aemro Selassie <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2023 23:07:24 -0700
Subject: Attention Dear Email Owner
(IMF) Head Office
Senior Resident Representative
Address: 467 Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn;
Pretoria 0181, South Africa
Attention: I'm the appointed Director of IMF International Monetary
Fund, Managing the 45 countries across the World-Wide. Do you
authorized Aimee Tiscione Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to contact
the US Embassy here in Benin republic to claim your Unpaid Funds worth
$25 Million dollars? just because of your health condition, financial
issues, you don't think you can make it alive to receive the fund.
Due to we're not too sure of her complaint and we don't believe her
yet we concluded to hear from you before proceeding with her as your
next of kin to succeed the funds. You are very lucky the fund is still
available for you to claim, If you are not aware of this lady's claim
and you really want to receive your Fund I will advise you to hurry up
and contact the US Embassy here in Benin Republic in charge of your
Contact Ambassador Brian Shukan
Cellphone Number: +1 (469) 909-0004 / +229-541-16-221
WhatsApp Number: +1 (650) 535-0448
Forward your full information below:
Your Full Name:==
Your Home Address:====
Your Telephone No:====
Your Nearest airport:==
Mr. Abebe Aemro Selassie