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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 Edward Zuma" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:43:03 -0500
The inspiration to contact you is simply divine providence that I am making in this
proposition because I have to seek the partnership of a reliable person to help me realize
Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr.EDWARD ZUMA an international
business consultant,I am based in the United Kingdom but now on a year auditing contract
with a financial company in KUALA LUMPURE MALAYSIA i discovered some viable and legal
funds deposit with this financial company without a beneficiary.
I have an obscured business suggestion for you and as well I seek your services
in this private and confidential matter which will benefit the interest of both of
us.On my inspection and auditing with this financial company I discovered some
boxes containing some huge amount of funds in cash and they are all in United states dollars. I
write to seek your indulgence and assistance in the securing and the receiving of this boxes
containing this funds as the beneficiary.We will move this funds to your country through
legal means as I am in the position of making you the beneficiary of this deposits containing
this funds through an insider who works at the financial company. I am proposing to make
this deal with you for us to go into investment with the funds we will realize out of the
boxes. Please note that every piece of information I am giving you is based on information
verified and confirmed by me before contacting you.At the conclusion of this transaction, you
will be given 50% of the total amount, 50% will be for myself.We will both join hand
together to bring this to a safe and successful conclusion with our maximum cooperation. Let
me know if you can handle this transaction: