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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: "Sinosteel Industry" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 18:20:15 +0800
There is an overinvoice payment made to our company which involves some
amount of money,so i have decided to involve a second party who i can
entrust this money on when i have been able to pull it out my company''s
account to a desginated account.
I decided to put it before you so you can assist with this situation.
We also found out that if the government finds out,the money will be
confiscated and transferred into banking treasury.
So all i require from you is to lay claims on the funds as all necessary
document will be provided to ensure that you collet the funds and move it
to you account where we will come for final disbursement.
You will be given 40% of the total funds when we see that there is a
success in this deal,the amount involved is $23.3milion i will provide you
with the necessary information as soon as you are ready to do this with me
Please note that all necessary arrangement for the smooth release of these
funds has been finalised.
We will discuss much in details when I do receive your response.