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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united states 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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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 next of kin scam.
- 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: "Michel Jean Elie Simon" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 16:43:02 +0530
This message should not surprise or embarrass you. My name is Michel Jean Elie Simon. I am the president of the Albert Gubay trustees on Charity fund donation. Albert Gubay is a 82-year-old British retail entrepreneur who made a "deal" with God several decades ago -- when he barely had enough capital to get his business ideas off the ground -- to share half his fortune with the Almighty in return for some divine help with his finances.
Five decades later, nearly all of his fortune is going into a trust, from which half of all the funds will be spent on projects connected to the Roman Catholic Church. The other half will be given to whomever the trustees deem appropriate. Gubay, a lifelong Catholic, will reportedly keep $15 million to tide him over during his old age.
Gubay is worth around $1.1 billion and ranked No. 880 in the Forbes 2010 list of the world's billionaires. He lives on the quiet British tax haven of the Isle of Man and has two children with his first wife.
Click on the link below to get more information about Albert Gubay and the authenticity of what am telling you.
As the president of the Albert Gubay trustees on Charity fund donation. I am in possession of over One hundred Million United States Dollars
($100,000,000.00) which is suppose to be shared amongs various charity organization all over the world.
Since I have the power to dis emanate this funds to various charity organization. I hereby seek your assistance to present you as one of the founder of a charity organization.
I have all the necessary information and legal documents needed to fortify you and back you up for the claim. All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and I from any breach of law.Upon receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ration and modalities of transfer.
Do reach me through this email address: ( firstname.lastname@example.org )for security reasons.
I am awaiting your urgent response.
With Cordial Greetings,
Michel Jean Elie Simon.
NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS CONFIDENTIAL AND IS INTENDED SOLELY FOR YOU IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED,PLEASE DISREGARD IT