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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Talal Kamal"<email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2011 07:09:38 -0000
Subject: I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE AND TRUST.
Good day dear Respected,
I am Talal Kamal by name, personal assistance to Naguib Sawiris, now rated as the richest man in Egypt and owner of Orascom Telecom: (Egypt's Largest Telecom Multinationa) and also the secret agent to the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
I have a profiling amount in an excess of US$40.5M,(Forty Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars US$) which I seek you to accommodate for me. You will be rewarded with 40% of the total sum for your partnership. Can you handle this? As his personal assistant, I was authorized to transfer money out of Egypt do to the current sitaution in Egypt because the president is seeking till september 2011 to hand over his tenure and need to transfer all his funds out of Egypt via my boss Naguib Sawiris. (Secret)
The funds have since left the shores of Africa to Asia to a private financial institution where the final crediting is to be carried out. While I was on the process, I am now loking for a trusted foreigner to help me out receive this funds. I have placed on hold all transactions concerning this amount. You can catch more of the story on this website:
All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the above mentioned sum and I will re-profile the funds with your data, which will enable the financial firm transfer the sum to you. I have decided to use this sum to relocate to the American continent and never to be connected to any of Naguib Sawiris and President Hosni Mubarak conglomerates, presently I am in United Kingdom in Europe, for a hide out,
The transaction has to be concluded as soon and as I confirm your readiness to proceed with me, I will provide you with details. Contact me at my private email address:
Thank you very much.