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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: lilian <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2011 10:20:14 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Hello My Dear,Lets Build A Favorable Good Relationship For Each Other In This New Year
My Dear one!Happy New Year
I pray this day brings you a
happiness wealthier and very helpful day,how is life over there in your
country?i hope you are in atmosphere of peace and love.
It was very great to me when
i found your profile in my searching for a responsible and reliable
person to have a good relationship with in this New Year that is full
of good fortune and immediately i came across your profile i fond a
great spark in my heart despite that i have not seen you in person,but
there was a good feeling that really gave me a nice pleasure to
communicate with you and see how the sun will shines like in this new
year,am willing to be your friend and have a wonderful relationship
And there is special reason
that i have and decided to contact you because of the urgency i have in
my situation,Am Miss.Lilian Amadu,a very responsible and humble sweet
girl from Somalia and i grew up in a good family with a humble manner
You can just write me back
now so that i will tell you full introduction of my self and for us to
get acquainted with each other,i will also send you my pic as soon as i
see your respond.
And please let noting be a
barrier for our relationship and don't forget to write me back If you
really wish to have me as your girl or any thing better and let us get
acquainted to each other.
Hope to hear from you soon,because i will like us to build a good and a favorable Relationship for each other.
From My Heart and With humble Regards