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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:
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: thessy <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:19:09 -0800 (PST)
Warm greetings from me,
I apologise for intruding into your privacy, since we donât know each other, but
pay attention and understand my reason of contacting you Please don't be angry
with me my Dear if you see this message in Spam of your mailbox, it will be
because I sent it with low internet connection.
i am happy to get in contact with you after my prayer to god for a direction to
find a nice trusted and sincere reliable friend I was motivated to write to you
after seen your contact at www.melodicrock.com,I know that this email will meet
you in a good health and also surprised but God have his own way of bringing
people together my dear. i am hear to seek your advice of which i know that it
will helps me to overcome my situation,
i am presently single above all God fearing girl,My dearest,In your usual time,
may it please you to write me back in my email address. So that i will explain
more about myself,my details,my pictures and purpose of writing to you.Please do
not neglect a humble and lonely heart that seeks your love.A good friendship is
the foundation build on other relative things to come. May God bless you as i
wait impatiently to hear from you.Thanks and remain blessed
Yours thessy jamal.