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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:
- ",500,000" (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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Serge Dossa" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2011 08:47:48 -0700
Subject: Reply Urgently
Please accept my apology for contacting this way, which is due to the urgency of my request. I am in need of a worthy business partner, who can handle the sum of $5,500,000.00 usd deposited by our late Customer since 6 years now nobody have come for the claim of the fund,if you are ready to work with me, i will send the information concerning the deposit to you,so that our security company will release the fund to you as the relative of our late customer, and we will shall the money equal.
If you accept to work with me, you would be my foreign partner to receive the funds which are unclaimed by late customer from your country. Due to our sensitive position in OUR PLACE OF WORK here,They management want to transfer the fund to the company account by next 2 month if nobody come for it.
NOTE:Please forward your reply to me as soon as you accept to work with me and make sure you include your private telephone number for easy communication.
Hoping to hear from you soon.
The Requested Information is to ensure that no mistake or error is made and it should be forwarded in the manner stated below:
Your Full Name: ______________________________
Your Complete Address (Physical Address with Zip Code not P.O.BOX) :
Name of City of Residence : ____________________
Name of Closest Airport to City of Residence:________
Direct Telephone Number: ___________
So, it's mandatory you send your Direct Telephone Number preferably your Mobile or Cell Phone Number.
Congratulations in advance.
Thank you and I sincerely remain