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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: paul goodman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 16:13:55 +0100
Subject: Hello From Mr Goodman
Hello From Mr Goodman
Thismessage might meet you in (utmost surprise),however,it's just my urgentneed for foreign partner that made me to contact you for thistransaction.I am a banker by profession and currently holding the postof Director Auditing and Accounting unit of
I have the opportunity of transfering the left over funds
($10.5 million)ourbank deceased customer late Richard Burson, who died on (Egypt AirFlight 990)along with his family on a plane crashbelow.http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/502503.stm.
Hence i am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be shared between us in
the ratio of 50/50 as a brotherhood.
If you agree to my business proposal.further details of the
transfer will be forwarded to you as soon as i receive your mail.
As soon as you read this email kindly contact me through Email .