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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:
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Amy roloff FOUNDATION" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 07:11:16 -0700
Subject: HAITI EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
I am Mrs. Mary Isco Iker of england and I write to you for a plead on behalf of me and my volunteer team which are from all over the world, we write for a plead of any possible contribute towards our Amy roloff FOUNDATION formed in and with the spirit of trying to help out in the crisis Africa as a nation is facing and extend to other affected countries with time as well.
It is a tag we named BUY A BRICK APPEAL, which is a first foot to take for us as we are about to put up structures and which is what we intend to use and plead for any possible contribution you can lend us towards our goals of providing foods and shelter for the homeless and the less privilege in this part of the world, you can support us in any possible way that can suit you which can be: Financially
Materially Volunteering to follow in the great work we have at heart.
Offering prayers on behalf of us and the people we are here to help.
Or any form of relief material can be of great help to us..
May the good heavens grant and strength your mind as you may be able to render us help in any which way possible for you. For any kind of help you wish to render, please contact our team leader Mr. David Isco Iker on firstname.lastname@example.org Sincerely MARY ISCO IKER PRESIDENT Amy roloff FOUNDATION.