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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Engr.Guilherme Williams" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:36:41 -0800 (PST)
Subject: LETTER OF COMPENSATION!!.
Good day, My dear friend,
I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay.Presently i,'m in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.Now contact my secretary in Benin his contact information bellow:
Ask him to send you ATM card the total sum of $1.5m USD which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so feel free and get in touched with my secretary Mr.Fredric Richard and instruct him where to send the ATM card to you.
NB: Below is the required informationâs you will send to my secretary: -
(1).YOUR FULL NAME:================
A COPY OF YOUR ID CARD OR ANY OF YOUR PICTURE:=============
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the suffers at that time. In the moment, I,m very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that ATM card but you will so feel free to get in touch with Mr.Fredric Richard,He will send the ATM card to you without any delay as i instructed him OK.
N;B So sorry for have not contacted you for so long it was due to the fact that I was responding to medical treatment I went for surgery and ever since I came back I couldn't locate you until I finally made it. That was why I am contacting you back to inform you that I finally made it as a result of this I had to Compensate you with this offer