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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.
- 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.
- 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: "Mrs.Elisa Batista Tagme Na Wai"<firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 12:35:17 +1100
Subject: ###CONFIDENTIAL FUNDS MANAGEMENT###
I am Elisa, third wife of General, Batista Tagme Na Wai32 years; presently living in Dubai-UAE, I have two children, My late husband General, Batista Tagme Na Wai was the chief of staff of the army of Guinea-Bissau killed by bomb explosion in the headquarters of the Guinea-Bissau military on March 1st, 2009 because of the military captures of US $287 Million cocaine belonging to the late president and his Latin American drug cartel who has turned our country to a conduit route for smuggling cocaine to Europe.
Since the death of my late husband my children and I have been living under threats and intimidation from the killers of my husband, I managed to escaped to UAE with my children where we are staying under refugee status
When my husband was alive he made a deposit of US$12.4 Million on name of my first child in a Private Safe Deposit Company in UAE, but since my arrival in Dubai I have contacted the company to clear the deposit but the Management told me that, my late husband left instruction that, the money should only be handed over to a Trustee or Investment Manager nominated by me to manage the funds on behalf of my children until they are 25years of age.
Therefore, I want you to stand for me as my Trustee/ Investment Manager to claim these funds and invest the funds in any good and profitable business you deem fit, you shall be 100% in charge of the investment funds
I shall give you my full contact details and more details on how to claim the funds, when I have receive a response indicating your interest and support
I will be waiting for your prompt reply ASAP.
Mrs.Elisa Batista Tagme Na Wai