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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: Betty dom <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 30 Mar 2011 10:45:30 -0400
Subject: YOUR RESPONSE WILL BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED nxxxx9
Hi, Please I wish to use this opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Betty, I am 19yrs old from Accra, I write to seek assistant from you to help me to claim my parents inheritance which is now in danger of people taking them away from me and my only brother due to lack of money and experience to go about claiming them, the property include local Gold Minning Company that belongs to my father and some plots of lands, I have documents that indicate where he has keep some big quantity of Gold with a Company here, my father also have some funds in the bank, when I saw the deposit documents, I couldn't believe it.
please I need help to get all this property back to be able to train my self and my brother in school, this is my reason of looking for Godly person on internet who can help me out as I have no one to help me instead if they know the secret about all the property and the documents with me, they will kill me and my brother and take them from us, me and my brother is willing to share the property with you, both the funds, the money my father has in bank worth $USD18.9Million, I have some documents for the funds, my parents was killed by our family enemies as they envy him about his progress in life, please respond my email so that I can give you more details because I am sending this email secretly from cyber cafe. Thanks and God bless you, Betty.