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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:
- 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)
- "urgent assistance" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Usman.Conlibaly." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:51:28 -0500
I am Mr.Usman.Conlibaly. I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum 8.5 million dollars to your Bank account for investment in your country if you are ready get back to me in order to give you full details.
1.) Your full name..........
3.) Your private number.....
As soon as I receive it from you I will send you information on are to contact the ,Do not be angry that I request all that information from you, I do not want to fail in Victim this is the only hope I have in live to make it.
Best Regards E-mail:email@example.com