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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million us 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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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 next of kin scam.
- 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: ms neema Sahad <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 12:37:09 -0400
Subject: KINDLY REPLY PLEASE
>From : Ms Neema Sahad
Address : Bangkok, Thailand
Email : email@example.com
Dear Sir / Madam,
Good day, I decided to detail my investment plan to you after going through your profile of which I was convince before seeking for your assistance and help toward my investment proposal in your country, Before I proceed I will like to introduce myself for your understanding, I am Ms Neema Sahad , I am the Wife of late Mr Ibrahim Abdulaziz Sahad of the Republic of Libya, My late husband was the former Chiarman of ( National Front for the Salvation of Libya ) which is an opposition political party to President Muammar Gaddafi regime, He was killed by President Muammar Gaddafi secret agents because of his strong opposition to his continue dictatorship as President of Libya , Also because he demanded for a Democratic government with constitutional guarantees and free elections, Before his death he was able to confirm to us of an existence deposit of USD$9,000,000.00 ( Nine million US Dollars ) which he secretly deposited cash in oversea depository and finance security Bank in Thailand for safekeeping.
After much threat from the opposition to attack my family after the death of my husband me and my only son Mr Ahmed Sahad relocated to Thailand where we were granted asylum and therefore temporary living under the protection of the United Nation High Commission on Refugee ( UNHCR ) for our safety due to the continue daily killings and problem with the Libya government, My reason of contacting you today is because me and my son have decided to invest this fund in a profitable good business outside Libya to take care of our future life, because any investment made in Libya is not secured due to daily secret killings of opposition members of President Muammar Gaddafi.
Due to our current status as refugee and being a novice in business circle before this time and my only son Mr Ahmed who is too young to handle such project on our own I am kindly seeking for your help / assistance as our foreign partner in transferring and investing this fund under your management on a long term investment partnership in your country for the benefit of both families.
1 .I will be willing to offer a reasonable percentage from the total fund as your compensation for all your assistance in transferring and investing this fund in your country.
2. I will reach a long term investment partnership agreement to entrust the investment in your management and control for the benefit of both families
Please bear in mind that you are not facing any risk of any kind as far as this transaction is concern because all the document of this fund is intact with us as the legitimate owner and every process for the release of the fund to us as next of kin have been fully completed, I will be hoping to hear from you to enable us conclude every arrangement as that will give us the opportunity to draft an agreement between both of us to protect each others interest.
Please kindly regard my contact to you through email as an alternative for the security of the transaction. Hoping to hear from you soonest.
Ms Neema Sahad