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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: "Mr. Edward Godspeed" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2011 14:13:28 -0400
Subject: I saw your email for UNPAID SUM OF $5MILLION
How are you today?
This email was not sent to you by error please get back to me immediately.
On the debt liquidation file of the United Nations, I saw your email for UNPAID SUM OF $5MILLION that has been approved and endorsed by the Federal Minister Of Finance on the ongoing debt settlement scheme. I am very courageous to inform you about this, because I believe you have no idea of this fund.
I will assist you in claiming this fund. However, This transaction will cost us money but i dont know how much, but this will be on me. I will handle this transaction till the funds hits your account but you will have to assure me of receiving 30% from your end at the completion of this transaction.
If you are ready to claim your funds, please get back to me and I will give you more details and how we can proceed. I assure you, your funds will get to your acount in no distant time as the Federal Government is in charge of your payment now.
Mr. Edward Godspeed SAN
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