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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "death certificate" (this phrase is often used in inheritance scams such as next of kin or https://www.419scam.org/419-murdered-businessman.htm">orphan scams. )
- "million us dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: Goodness Kasala <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 11:56:43 -0800 (PST)
Subject: MY DEAREST LOVE THIS IS MY FULL LIFE DETAILS WITH LOVE TRUST AND HONESTY
are you today, l hope you are fine?my day is very boring over here
Dakar Senegal in this missionary we find it hard to go out because we
are not allowed to do so, its just like one staying in the house of
very harsh father but l hope by God's grace l will come out of here
soon. I don't have any relatives now that i can go to, all my relatives
ran away in the middle of the war and there is no contact, the only
person i have now is Reverend Father James Mosses who is heading the
missionary. He has been very good to me since l came here but l am not
living with him, l am living in the women's quarter. The Rev Tel
number is (00221-763-344-071) when you want to hear my voice, call his
office phone and tell him that you want to speak with me he will send
for me to answer your call.
the regards of my condition here i don't have any right or privilege
to any thing be it money or whatever because it is cont rally to the
law of this country. I want to go back to my studies because i only
stopped at my first year before the tragic war that cause to my being
in this situation now took place, please l would like you to know that
l have my late death certificate here with me which l will like to send
to you to assist me, because when he was alive he deposited some amount of money with a Bank which he used my name as the next of kin. The amount in question is ($5.3 Million US Dollars).
l will like you to assist me to transfer this money to your account and
from it you will send some money for me to get my traveling documents
and air ticket to come over to meet with you. I can't withdraw the
money my self due to some conditions of things here in this country
which i am not permit to do, and the money can't be transferred here in
have got in touch with the bank through mail and let them to know about
my plans to withdraw this money, l also got them aware of the death of
my father and they have acknowledged it with all there
confirmation,however,they advise me to get in touch with a very
responsible person who will stand on my behalf as a foreign
partner/trustee over the transfer since l am presently of refugee
status over here and wouldn't be permitted to handle this amount of
money,they also let me know about the bond which they signed with my
father that they money will be handled to me in bulk amount which means
that l should decide on if l should continue with the bank or not.
just have to let you know about this so that you can assist me to be my
trustee on this money,like l said l want you to call me because l have
alot to tell you.l kept this secret to people in the Missionary
here the only person that knows about it is the Reverend Father because
he is like a father to me, have a nice time and think about me. my
dear, l hope to hear from you soonest.
i still remain yours forever Goodness.