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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 us 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: RICHERD DAVID <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2023 09:12:41 -0700
Attention Dear, Sir/ma.
My sister Bieber company limited in new York and I have a house in
California City and I also have a hotel Mina in my account I have 150
million US dollars I have an a very big investment I also have a
company in Poland I am an orphan I have no brother I have no sister
but I really have a problem I have a kidney problem and doctor say
that I have only 3 months to leave and the world so my brother in
Christ and I asked God if I die today who will eat my sweet and I
decided to help the innocent people and the poor people my brother in
Christ please I am here to bless everyone please my brother in Christ
whatever you need to help you life please my brother in Christ just
tell me right now I will do it for you I am here to help you if you
need money I will give you money like I said I have 150 million US
dollars in my account I want to share it with the ball people I want
to help the innocent people please anything you need just let me know
I am ready to help thanks you my brother in Christ.
Contact number with email.
Phone Number............ + 1(615 933 9565
Email Address............. email@example.com
Mrs. Mary Joseph Jeans.