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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.
- 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 (Yahoo, France; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Al-Fath Qiyamah <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:10:37 +0100
Subject: Mrs Al-Fath Qiyamah, Call me for more clarification +226-64-66-81-50.
Greetings, with due respect, i must apologize for this unsolicited message, i am aware that this is certainly not a conventional way of approaching an unknowing person for establishment of project.
But i respectfully insist you read this message carefully before you either take a decision of proceeding or deleting my message as i am optimistic it will be successful for unimaginable financial benefit for the both of us.
In-which i will be very glad if you do assist me to relocate a sum of 14.5 Million Euro France into your personal bank account.
It is a genuine business transaction which i cannot operate it alone without using a foreigner as required in the bank law, therefore i am contacting you to stand before the bank as the beneficiary next of kin to this fund and assist me actualize this great opportunity, so that we could shear the benefit together by the help of God.
Therefore indicate your full interest on assurance of trust and in the area you are not interested of this deal please kindly delete it immediately from your email box thanks.
Looking forward for your urgent response @ email@example.com
Regards, in sincerity,
Mrs, Al-Fath Qiyamah.
My private contact number: +226-64-66-81-50.