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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:
- "million us 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Mariam Nasser Habib <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Mariam Nasser Habib <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 21:08:20 +0900 (JST)
Subject: In Good Faith
Dear beloved One,
I am Mrs.Mariam Nasser Musa Habib, wife of Nasser Habib, from Angola who
was until his death an exporter of Gold and oil explorer in Kuwait and
Angola for twelve years before he died.
I am sending you this email in regards to my last wish. I have
been diagnosed with cancer for a very long period. I have been touched to
Will the sum of $3.2million US dollars [three million two hundred million US
dollars] from what I have inherited from my late husband to you to assist
me to distribute my funds to charity organization if you are willing
to assist me bring my heart desire to manifestation for the glory of God, kindly
reply me to enable me give you every legal information that will enable you to
claim the Fund for God`s as I can not handle this project from my sick bed. I will be waiting for your response
Thanks and God bless you.
Mrs.Mariam Nasser Musa Habib.