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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:
- "hundred thousand united state dollars" (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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- 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: "Honore Desire Tagro" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2011 09:57:38 +0100
Subject: The Fund USD $ 30.500.000,00
The Fund USD $ 30.500.000,00 I heard a long dicussion with the bank director today about my later father fund that is still under their custody and the bank director told me that the best way to transfer the fund is for the bank to put the fund of the sum of USD $ 30.500.000.00 (Thirty Millions Five hundred thousand United state Dollars) to a ATM visa and send the ATM visa card to you in your country in other for you to withdrew sum of $5000 each day from the visa.
But before that will be done the bank will requested from you your full name and address with telephone number and scan your international passport or your drivers license in other to have a file of your identity.
The director told me that the soon the above information is received then the bank will process the order of the visa card (ATM CARD) and post the visa card to you which will bears your information The director told me that the secret code of the card will not be post alone with the visa card for a security reason that as soon as, you received the visa card you will call for the secret code to be giving to you.
The director said that, if you agreed to this order you can contact the bank with your sincere agreement email or letter in other for the bank to process the order of the visa card.
Be it that the fund what deposited as an foreign investment fund and now i am seeking for a good person that know more about an investment be it that i am just 15 years old girl and i do not know anything about investment and now that there is war and crisis in my country i will need an urgent transfer of the fund via the ATM visa card to be executed to you which is the reason i have contacted you with trust and confident.
I wait to hear from you on this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I wait for your quick respond on this email: email@example.com
Miss Honore Desire Tagro