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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:
- "dearest one," (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "inheritance funds" (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: "CARO OBA" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2009 06:51:37 -0430
Subject: From Oba,
Hallo dearest One,
My name is Caro Oba 18 years old and a
student. I have a preposition important that I will like to discuss with
you. I write to inform you that I need your help in a financial
transaction. I have Six Million Five Hundred dollars($6.500.0000.00) I want
to invest in your country with your very help after going through your
profile. This amount is an inheritance funds from my late mother as the
only child. I will need your assistance to provide a good cridentials where
the security company here can ship the whole amount for a profitable
business project in your country until I am able to secure a better
financial education that will enable me not to make poor money decision
later in life that might take years to over come.
May I ask you this
Can I trust in you?
Please I need your assurance because
I believe that we will have many things common in life after the whole
money has been moved into your care as I am going to introduce you to the
company here as my late mother business partner on your behalf.
reply me through my private email address at (email@example.com) for more details if you are
very serious to assist me.
Awaits your urgent response.