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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:
- "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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2010 13:51:08 -0430
Subject: Hello My Dear
Hello My Dear
Miss Aagatha Kahle, from Angola . I am the only surviving Daughter of Late
Dr and Mrs Kahle Aagatha, my Father worked with Oil Company for twenty one
years before he died in a motor accident with my mother and my only junior
brother in the year 2008.
My late Father deposited the sum of
($5Million) Five Million united state dollars with a bank in Cote D
Recently, my Doctor told me that I have limited days
to live due to the
stroke and cancerous problems I am suffering
I have decided to donate this fund to you and want you
to use this gift which comes from my late fathers effort to fund the upkeep
of widows and charities worldwide.
Please i need you to send
to me the following information.
1. Your full
2. Your phone
Your age and your profession
4. Any of your
amp; amp; amp; nbsp;
I took this decision because I do not
have any direct brother or sister
that will inherit this money and my
fathers relations are useless and
wealthy people and I do not want
my late fathers hard earned money to
consider this and get back to me as soon as