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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:
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- 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: aisha mohd <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: aisha mohd <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 22:23:14 +0800 (SGT)
I am Sister Aisha Bin Mohd, the devoted widow of Late Engr.Abdul Bin Mohd From Malaysia But based in Republic Of Cote D Iviore who used to be a renown Chemical Engineer with Ipriochem S.L. before he died on September 2004 after a brief illness. Unfortunately, we had no issue in our years of marriage, however since his death i've been struggling with both Cancer and fibroid problems.
While alive, my husband and myself as a family joint account deposited the sum of $8million (Eight Million, U.S Dollars) in an account with a renown Bank in Abidjan, Cote D Iviore where he once lived and where i am at present. Recently, my doctor in the Cancer center Hospital where i'm admited at present told me that I don't have much chance to life
due to the complicated cancer problem as my health has taken a turn for the worse. In view of this struggle to wrest life from the chads of slow death,
I've decided to donate this fund to either a Moslem organization or devoted individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instructs herein. May the Almighty ALLAH continue to guide and protect you.
Please for more informations send me email directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aisha Bin Mohd