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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "sinkayo" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 21:02:29 +0700
Subject: RE: MY REGARDS TO YOU AND YOU FAMILY PLEASE REPLY
MAY THE PEACE OF GOD BE UPON YOU AND FAMILY!
Please I would love to have your audience as at this time, I am MR SINZINKAYO FIDELE a young Attorney the son of great late DR. ALBERT SINZINKAYO he is also an Attorney from South America ECUADOR, I use to work with my late father before his death, after the death of my late father as I was going through all his stored files, I found a vital information's contained in a Deposit Certificate which belongs a Client of my late father , I decided to take further step to find more information on this issue and I could found that the owner of these information's which is my late father client died 4 years ago before the death of my late father 2 years ago.
I am presently in an Asian Country to make this claim which I just arrived 3 days ago, I have a business proposal worth of US$5,000,000,00 (FIVE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS) offer to partner with you as a NEXT OF KIN to my LATE FATHERS DECEASED/CLIENT, who died for the past 4 years without a wife or any child resulting from very dangerous sexual illness, he is an American who choose not to get married or have any child but prefer sleeping around with women and this lead to his early grave.
I would like to make my introduction short as I will getting back to you with more informations as soon as I can have your INTEREST TO PARTNER with me and your response back to me with your contact informations as requested below to enable me apply in your name for this claim as I will be here awaiting to meet with you face to face to discuss more and make this claim not more than 3-7 working days as soon as I meet with you here.
Here are your informations needed below:
1. Your complete names
2. Your address
3. Home Telephone and Mobile Phone.
4. Age and Occupation
I will call you immediately I receive your above requested informations with more details so that we can negotiate on what percentage you want me to compensate you at the end success of this claim.
My greetings to your family,
Thank you and God Bless you
MR. SINZINKAYO FIDELE.