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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.
Fraud email example:
From: Dr B. Yabubu Yusof <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 10:01:04 GMT
Subject: Dear Friend
How are you and your family? I know u will be surprise to
see this email, well; I am Dr B Yakubu Yusof. I'm a Saudi Arabia
citizen but base permanently in UK London. I have a plan of Investing
in Asian countries especially in your country, so I would be very glad
if you can assist me in this venture.
I need your help and advice if it will be possible for me to buy about
5-6 acres of land for a hotel investment.Please let me know the
procedures that are needed as a foreigner to do this investment in your
country I also run some oil and gas business in Dubai and Saudi Arabia
with other small pocket investments in my country and London . Take a
view at one of my investment in London . www.milestonehotel.com.
I have map out some millions dollar to invest in which i am ready to
buy a Land and developed especially in hotel business.But I will be
very happy if you can inform me on any other business you know that is
profitable in your country.Your advice is highly needed. Hope you will
assist and guide me well. Thanks, waiting for your Reply urgently.
Reply me via my private email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr B. Yabubu Yusof