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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "the consignment" (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)
- "consignment " (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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Col. Noh Dae-Jung." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 21:06:04 +0530 (IST)
Subject: MY WORDS OF FAVOUR
MY WORDS OF FAVOUR
GREETINGS FROM ME AND MY FAMILY
Getting your contact was not an easy task because since I am not computer
literate,I ordered my son to seek a partner very far away and he went to
the institute of International Business to apply and he paid them the
My name is NOH DAE-JUNG,The brother of GENERAL.NOH TAE-WOO,the former
President of South Korea who ascended to power through a popular electoral
victory in 1988 to 1992.After serving duly,he was accused of mass
embezzlement which ran into billions of won because of the GREAT OLYMPICS
1988 which brought Korea to the world lime light,and was arrested but
released after long years of incarceration and now under scrutiny.
Before my brother's was overthrown,I secretly siphoned the sum of 30
Million United States Currency out of Seoul and deposited the money with a
security firm that transports valuable goods and through diplomatic
means.I am contacting you because I want you to deal with the security
company and claim the money on my behalf since I have declared that the
consignment belong to my foreign business partner.You shall also be
required to assist me in investment in your country.I expect you to
declare what percentage of the total money you will take for your
assistance.When I receive your positive response I will let you know where
the security company is and the payment pin code to claim the money which
is very important. we do not want the government of my Country to know
about the money because they will believe I got the money from my brother
while he was still in office as president.Once you confirm the receipt of
the money,I will come over with my Children to your Country or any Country
in Europe to start a new life with my Family.As soon as payment is
effected, and the amount mentioned above is successfully transferred into
your account,we intend to use our own share in acquiring some estates
abroad.For this too you shall also be our overseas manager of all our
properties and you will be paid based on a certain percentage agreed on by
both parties.For now,let all our communication be by e-mail because my
line is right now connected to the South Korean telecommunication Network
services therefore we can not take the chances of being heard.
Do contact me on this email account below;email@example.com
Thank you in anticipation of your cooperation.
Col. Noh Dae-Jung.