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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- "my names are " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 15:05:09 -0700
Subject: From Capt.Scott.J.Wright!
I sincerely apologize for intruding into your privacy,especially by
contacting you through these means for a business proposal of these
magnitude. My names are Captain Scott J. Wright of the Engineering
Unit of US Military here in Ba'qubah in Iraq, during our search in
Iraq we found about 600 million U.S Dollars in Iraq. We have about $10
Million US Dollars that we want to move out of the country. My
partners and I need a good person out there, someone we can trust to
receive the funds on our behalf. I have made all needed plans for this
I want someone not related to us so as to avoid trace of any kind. I
am with the US marine so I know how it works, all I need from you is
to keep a low profile at all times, even after the money reaches you
please do not let this deal known to anyone, I believe you know what I
mean. The most important thing is; "Can We Trust you"?
Once the funds get to you, simply take out 25% as your share and keep
the remaining 75% for us. Your own part of this deal is to find a safe
place where the funds can be sent to, ours is sending it to you
Also you can view this Link for proper verification
If you are interested I will furnish you with more details upon
receipt of your response.
I can assure you that the whole process is safe. I look forward to
your reply and co-operation.
Capt. Scott J . Wright.
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