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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 mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "AAHF" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:40:26 -0800
Subject: ***SPAM*** Dear Supporter
RE: LETTER OF INTRODUCTION AND REQUEST FOR PARTNERSHIP/SUPPORT-THE COMPLETE STRUGGLE TO BRING HAPPINESS TO THE ORPHANS, LESS PRIVILEGED AND THE HELPLESS OLDER PEOPLE.
We are happily contacting you for this course because you are a kind-heartily fellow and a promoter of the welfare of the less privileged, here may not your focus site for charity or you may not have an interest in such as an individual, but I beg of you, rethink, we are all human-being and the people of this part of the world totally need your partnership/support.
The Asadu Amagu Humanitarian Foundation (AAHF) is a registered NGO and all government authorize operational approval documents are available for your perusal and/or verification, we start in early 2018 and our aim and objectives are to promote the well-being of the helpless/sick older people and for Godly upbringing of orphan children, less privileged and to fight against internet scammer and fraudsters and crimes in Sub-Saharan African and the world since our search proved beyond a reasonable doubt that bad government policies and abuses of public offices born crime around Africa.
Your partnership/support with AAHF stands a chance to save souls and make our world a better place for an inhabitant, AAHF, is not against any region/s we are against immoralities and crime. To make our world crime free, please party with AAHF. I assure you no advice, mainstream or financial support you give to AAHF will not be misused, your partnership with AAHF is needed and we will be accountable to you.
An adage says! In every twelve (12) there must be Judas Iscariot, that betrayed Jesus and in every thirteen (13) there must be Jesus Christ the savior of the world, please do not think everybody in Nigeria, West Africa is bad, many are good people, but unfortunately bad people are more because of hardship, please work with us to give the downtrodden a better life and save souls. The entire management of (AAHF) Asadu Amagu Humanitarian humbly asks now for your personal donation support, we appreciate any amount, we need money for human empowerment and to buy medicine, food items and clothes, etc., to put a smile on the face of the Orphans and unprivileged and the helpless sick older people.
Please upon your willingness for freewill donation, kindly contact us banking detail:
Miss. Ogechukwu Agashi
Public Record, Officer,
ASADU AMAGU HUMANITARIAN FOUNDATION (AAHF)
Direct Telephone: (+234) 7036585426