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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Jennifer Mason <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2011 23:10:50 +0800 (SGT)
I am making this contact with you based on my need for you to help me , my name is Jennifer Mason 20yrs old the daughter of late Mr Raymond Mason ,My father was the former Director of Cocoa and agricultural products exportation in Burkina Faso, Before the death of my father he told me that he deposited sum of (USD $7,000,000.00 Million U.S Dollars ).
my purpose of contacting you is for you to help me relocate to your country to further my studies and stand on my behalf to transfer my inheritance money , I will compensate you with 25% of this money for your kind assistance while you shall invest my ownshare of the money in any good business until I finish school.
I hope you will not betray me because this money is my only hope in life and the money is an inheritance from my late father which I also secured the deposit documents with me.
I am waiting for your reply.
I await your response.