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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "of which your share shall be" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "acceptance of this proposal through my above stated email address" (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.
- 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.
- +447045753844 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: na10zek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 07:23:34 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Re:FROM DESK OF UK EQUESTRIAN PROPERTIES
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Colesden Lodge Cottage, Colesden,
Bedfordshire Mk44 3DA , London
Email : email@example.com
FROM DESK OF UK
I write to inform you of my desire to acquire estates or
properties in your country on behalf of the Director of Contracts and
Allocations of the Building Committee in UNITED KINGDOM LONDON.
Considering his very strategic and influential position, he
the transaction to be as strictly confidential as possible.
He further wants his identity to remain undisclosed at least
until the completion of the transaction.
Hence our desire to have an overseas agent.
I have therefore been directed to inquire if you would agree
to act as
our overseas agent in order to actualize this transaction.
The deal, in brief, is that the funds with which we intend to
our proposed investments in your country is presently deposited with
COMPANY HERE IN LONDON) and we need your assistance to transfer the
your country in a convenient
bank account that will be provided by you
can put the funds into use in your country.
For this, you shall be considered to have executed a contract
Building Committee in UNITED KINGDOM LONDON for which payment should be
to you by the Ministry, The contract sum of which shall run into 16
British Pound Sterling,of which your share shall be 20% if you agree to
As soon as payment is effected, and the amount mentioned above
successfully transferred into your account,we intend to use our own
acquiring some estates abroad.
this too you
shall also serve as our agent.
In the light of this, I would like you to forward to me the
1. Your company name and address if any
2. Your personal fax number
3. Your personal
telephone number for easy communication.
4. Your full name & address
You are requested to communicate your acceptance of this
my above stated email address after which we shall discuss in details
modalities for seeing this transaction through.
Your quick response will be highly appreciated.
Thank you in anticipation of your cooperation.
Reply back for more details at Email :
Colesden Lodge Cottage,
Bedfordshire Mk44 3DA ,