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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:
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "your humble assistance" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: peacedoma <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:39:00 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Dearest One
Good Day to you, is my dream to contact you today based on your
profile which l saw today in my private search, when l was looking for
some one who l will in-trust my future living under his/her care for a
better living of mine, please bear with me i will really like to have a
good relationship with you, and i have a special reason why i decided to
contact you, I decided to contact you based on the urgency of my
situation here today.
My name is Ms.Peace Doma . l am a single lady, of 24 years old, the
daughter of Late Mr.Jude Doma my late father was a successful business
man during his day's, it is sad for me to inform you that l lost my
father in a motor accident on the 14th of November, 2006. during the
time he was returning from a business trip fromdoma, Michigan to Ohio
(USA), dear, after four months l lost my beloved father, his second wife
killed my mother so that she and his children will inherit all what my
father left for
all of us.
Meanwhile after my fathers second wife poisoned my mother to death, I
wanted to escape to any where l can be accepted since she's also after
my own life and no where is safe for me to stay with her and his
children, but she went and hid away my international passport and other
valuable traveling documents which I'm suppose to travel with.
luckily for me as God have his own plans for my life, she couldn't
discover where I kept my fathers file which contains important documents
of his deposited money of US$9,700,000.00.which my father used my name
to deposit with one of the leading financial bank.
So after then, since l have no where to run to, I decided to run to the
refugee camp here, where l am today by the grace of God,presently
seeking asylum under the United Nations High Commission for the Refugees
and Now I am out seeking for your humble assistance for a long term
business relationship between us in your Country which l would like you
to invest my inherited money for me in any lucrative moving business in
your country for my future living under your care and control.
However, l wish to stop here for now as l have no much time to explain
all the details to you as l wish, but please dear, as soon as l hear
from you soon showing your interest and acceptance to assist me as l
really need your
help to me now and l am waiting so that l shall send you my pictures and
forward all vital information's to you for your confirmation to help me