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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: "ADL Solicitors" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2011 23:27:09 -0000
Subject: INTRODUCTION:: ADL SOLICITORS
INTRODUCTION LETTER FROM ADL SOLICITORS
I am writing you this mail with the purpose that we go into partnership. I am a solicitor to Mr. Bezion Dunner a philanthropist who passed on in an auto crash in 2008 with a sum valued 39.9 Million USA dollars. This amount is out of the records of his written will. I have all the powers/privileges as his solicitor to these funds and do want to file the legal documents for the release of the money to you . The large sum of money was set as aside for charity but we could not commence the project before his death.
You may wish to know more about Mr. Bezion Dunner on these wage pages:
The money is proposed to be used for charity, do contact me if you are willing to partner with me to set up this charity home with the said funds.
I shall give you details upon receiving your reply.
Note too that we will have part of the money for ourselves.
With this information I will file the preliminary claim and estate execution order for the transfer of the funds ton your account
State your Full names, address and telephone numbers so I can contact you on receiving your reply.
Please send the above information to EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org