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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million 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)
- "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.
- 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: Mrs stacy Tracy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 19:15:42 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: URGENT MESSAGE
I am Mrs. Stacy Assistant Manager in Unity Trust Bank London, For
your kind attention, I will be very glad if you do assist me to
relocate the sum of (US$10,200,000.00 Million Dollars) to your
personal bank account for the benefit of both of us as a foreign
All confirm able legal documents to back up the claims will be obtain
legally here, I shall be directing you on the process I don't want
this money to go into our Bank recovery account as abandoned fund; I
will come over to your country as soon as the fund is transfer
successfully into your account.
This is 50/40 business deal because of your account and support, while
10% will be mapped out for expenses. Also this matter should be a
confidential between you and me, Please delete it if you are not
interested. Upon the receipt of your reply and indication of your
I will send to you a draft text of application form to apply for the
money and more details, I don't want anyone here in the bank to know
my involvement during the process. here is my private mail box contact
me here in this my mail box ( email@example.com )
PLEASE STATE YOUR INFORMATION BELOW TO KNOW YOUR CAPABILITY OF
HANDLING THIS DEAL.
1. FULL NAME..........
2. TELEPHONE NUMBERS.......
3. YOUR AGE......
4. YOUR SEX.........
5. YOUR OCCUPATION........
6. YOUR COUNTRY AND CITY......
7. YOUR HOME ADDRESS..........
8. MARITAL STATUS............