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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:
- "waiting for your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "i got your email address from " (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Prof Joseph Owor" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2011 03:52:04 +0200
Subject: Kind Proposal
Prof. Joseph Owor
Head of Faculty of Business Administration
Uganda Christian University
Mukono Town , Uganda.
I hope this message will meet you in good faith, please pardon me for reaching you in this manner because you do not know me,and I am hoping that by this means we can establish a mutual relationship in regards to the reason why I contacted you.
I have an obscure proposal of mutual interest to share with you. I got your email address from the Internet data base directories through my search for a relatively unknown person who will assist me in securing a large sum of amount as I will explain to you later.
I am Joseph Owor , The Head of Faculty of Business Administration of the Uganda Christian University.
I will need you to assist us in executing a confidential charity project. It involves the securing of a large sum of fund. Everything concerning this proposal shall be legally done without hitch if you are willing to consider this proposal.
Please I will kindly request that you endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this message if my proposal is accepted by you due tothe confidential nature of this proposal and if this proposal is not acceptable by you, kindly delete this email and do not pass it to a third party as I vehemently risk my job to send you this email.
I am presently on a foreign committee appointment in Europe through the United Nations Christian charity project fund of Uganda as head of a world wide fund raising program for charity projects in Uganda.
Once the transaction I am proposing to you have been successfully completed if accepted by you and the fund in question is in your possession, we shall be offering to you a ratio to be agreed upon as remuneration for your services.
kindly reach me back at this juncture to get your opinion first regarding this proposal, after that I will furnish you with more information about this proposal.
You are to contact me on my secure email address below for further details if this proposal is accepted by you:
Thanks and waiting for your urgent response.
Prof. Joseph Owor