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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:
- "dear friend" (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: NBAD BANK <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:07:55 +0000
From: Mr.Tamer Al Qadri
MANAGER National Bank of Abu-Dhabi
Hor Al ANZ Branch,Royal House Bldg.,
Hor Al Anz Est
P.O.BOX 4436 Dubai,
This letter must come to you as a surprise, but I believe it is only a day that people meet and become great friends and business partners. I am pleased to get across to you for a very urgent and profitable business proposal; I am Mr.Tamer Al Qadri, the Branch manager, National Bank of Abu-Dhabi,Hor Al ANZ Branch Dubai United Arab Emirates, I am writing this letter to ask for your support and co-operation to carry out this business opportunity in my department that worth millions of dollars(unclaimed funds),The sharing shall be 50/50%, If you are interested and can things confidential kindly get back to me for more details.
Thanks God Bless,
Mr.Tamer Al Qadri