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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:
- "the consignment" (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)
- "consignment " (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: Jung dea noh <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 11:42:50 +0800
Subject: private..pls read.
from me and my family.
Getting your contact was not an easy task because since I am not computer
literate, I ordered my son to seek a partner very far away and he went to
the institute of International Business to apply and he paid them the
My name is NOH DAE-JUNG, The brother of GENERAL. NOH TAE-WOO, the former
President of South Korea who ascended to power through a popular electoral
victory in 1988 to 1992.
After serving duly, he was accused of mass embezzlement which ran into
billions of won because of the GREAT OLYMPICS 1988 which brought Korea to
the world lime light, and was arrested but released after long years of
incarceration and now under scrutiny.
Before my brother's was overthrown, I secretly siphoned the sum of 30 mil
United States Currency out of Seoul and deposited the money with a security
firm that transports valuable goods and through diplomatic means.
I am contacting you because I want you to deal with the security company and
claim the money on my behalf since I have declared that the consignment
belong to my foreign business partner. You shall also be required to assist
me in investment in your country.
I expect you to declare what percentage of the total money you will take for
your assistance. When I receive your positive response I will let you know
where the security company is and the payment pin code to claim the money
which is very important.we do not want the government of my Country to know
about the money because they will believe I got the money from my brother
while he was still in office as president .
Once you confirm the receipt of the money ,I will come over with my Children
to your Country or a ny Country in Europe to start a new life with my
As soon as payment is effected, and the amount mentioned above is
successfully transferred into your account, we intend to use our own share
in acquiring some estates abroad. For this too you shall also be our
overseas manager of all our properties and you will be paid based on a
certain percentage agreed on by both parties.
Please send me your,address, confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy
For now, let all our communication be by e-mail because my line is right now
connected to the South Korean Telecommunication Network services therefore
we can not take the chances of being heard. Thank you in anticipation of