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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: "Ms. Rose" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2010 19:56:03 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Hello, Read My Message and Respond
Hello, Read My Message and Respond
A greeting to you, my name is Rose Ayoh, 23 years of age and my brother Morah is 19. , we are the children of Jean Ayoh though we do not know each other very well, but I still have confidence in you. My late father deposited the sum of $10 million in COTE DIVOIRE which he intended to transfer to abroad for investment project before his sudden death occur. Please, I want you to assist us to receive this money in your Country for investment project; we can not be able to transfer this money without the help of a foreign person. If you can help us, we will be happy to give you 30% of total funds. I will explain in detail to you as soon as I heard from you
I am looking forward to hear from you soonest.
Ms Rose Ayoh.