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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 next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Omar Musa" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2011 11:59:12 -0000
Subject: Waiting for your prompt reply.
For your kind attention,
Could you please consider helping me to relocate this sum of $15.5m Us Dollars to your country for establishing a medium size industry in your country.
The said $15.5m Us Dollars was deposited in our bank by Mrs Joyce Lake an America citizen who died in a plane crash in 2000.We have tried to contact her immediate his family to come forward for claims but could not succeed. We discovered that the late American died along side with her husband and children who are supposed to be her next of kin, I will give you all vital information concerning the American and $15.5m Us Dollars in our custody so that you will contact my bank for them to release the money to you.
You can come here in person Or you can request the bank to give you the contact of the bank who can represent your interest in the transfer process. I am one of the bank directors, I will play a role to make sure that the $15.5m Us Dollars is released to you. As soon as I receive your reply, I will give you an instruction on what you should do. Reply me back and Let me know your full name, age, address, occupation and your telephone numbers if available.
Trusting to hear from you immediately and Waiting for your prompt reply.
Thanks and Best regards,