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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:
- ",000,000" (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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Sussie Addo" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2011 03:38:31 -0700
Subject: Re: LETTER OF INTRODUCTION
LETTER OF INTRODUCTION
I am Mrs.Sussie Addo,I am a parlimentarian in this persent government in republic of
Ghana,and I seek someone that is worthy, and God-fearing.
I am persent, chairman,committee for contracts and evaluation ,in the house.
In my tenue,contract has been awarded and claim has been scanty.
There is this contract awarded to foreign firm and payment has been sign butuptill now
the beneficiary has not come for the collection.This Is where you come in.I want you to
assume the beneficiary and collect the sum of [Twenty-two million u s dollars]
Nevertheless,25% shall be given as gratitude for the action.If you can be able ton
providen me with the neccess information. Your full name, passport, state of origin,
conutry, Your mobile or home telephone Number. So that I send you all the details.