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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:
- "please indicate your willingness" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Reda Abdallah <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 17:29:01 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: I NEED YOUR HELP WITH TRUST,
I NEED YOUR HELP WITH TRUST,
FROM: MR REDA ABDALLAH,
This message might meet you in utmost surprise.
just my urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for
transaction. I got your contact from yahoo
while I was searching for a foreign partner. I assured of your
reliability to champion this business opportunity when I prayed about
I am a banker by profession in
AFRICA and currently
holding the post of manager in account and
department in our bank. I have the opportunity of transferring the left
funds ($ 20.5Million Dollars) belong to our deceased customer who died
with his entire family in a plane crash.
Hence; I am inviting you for a business
this money can be shared between us in the ratio of 60/40 if you agree
business proposal. Further details of the transfer will be forwarded to
soon as I receive your return mail immediately as soon as you receive
Please indicate your willingness by sending the below
more clarification and easy communication.
For more details, Contact
Please indicate your willingness by sending the
information for more clarification and easy communication.
Contact me for more details.
(1) YOUR FULL
(3) YOUR SEX............................
YOUR PRIVATE PHONE N0..........
(5) YOUR COUNTRY
number +226 74 02 19
Call me for more clarifications