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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: "Mr Bashir Sahrizan" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2011 05:01:25 +0800
I am Mr Bashir Sahrizan. a citizen of Malaysia.Some years back,i invested some amount of money in the US and it has yeilded some good interest which is due
For some time now,i have not be able to make any long distance travel because of my health, so i wanted my investment liquidated and transferred to my account
by Swift, but the Investors insist, they can not transfer the funds to any bank account outside United State due to their new company policy trigered by the
prevailing economic meltdown.
Meanwhile, i wanted to travel to the US to get the funds myself but my doctor advice against it ,that due to my present state of health i can not make such a
long distance trip.
So i was told to provide someone in the United State to receive the funds on my behalf.
Please let me know if you can handle the funds on my behalf and forward to me.
You shall be entitle to 10% of the money you receive and forward me the balance
90% WITHOUT YOU SPENDING A SINGLE CENT FROM YOUR END.
Let me know if you can handle this so that i forward you the contact information of the investor and make arrangement on how to receive the funds
Mr. Bashir Sahrizan.