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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:
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "can i completely trust you?" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "your humble assistance" (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: Mamy Diop <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 14:50:10 -0800 (PST)
Subject: This is all about love and I have trusted you!!
Hello My Dear!!
GoodÂ Day to you and thanks for your concern about my present condition
which Iâm facing here in this Dakar Senegal everyday.lam writing you as
it's the will of God, I have a proposal for you but is not mandatory nor
will I in any manner compel you to Honor against your will.
Also I hope you will help me in this with love, honesty and
understanding between us, in point of fact, when my father was alive he
took me so special and before his death, he delivered a message through
his secretary and told him that he has the sum of 5 million united state
dollar money, he left in one of the leading finance bank in Senegal,
the money was placed in a Fixed deposit account. He secretary further
told me that he deposited the money in my name, I am just 26 years young
and a university undergraduate, really don't know of what to do in
business, I want to invest this fund with a good honest man or woman who
can be trustworthy and that was what prompt me to contact you to seek
for your humble assistance in this regards and I have the believe that
you will humble assist me in solving this problem soon with love and
sincerity since we are now friends and for the reason that I really need
your assistance to leave here soon as the death of my father actually
brought sorrow to my life today.
Dear! Iâm sincerely requesting for your humble assistance to help me out
of here quickly as your suggestions and ideas will be highly needed.
Now permit me to ask you these few questions? 1. Can you honestly help
me as your sister or your friend? 2. Can I completely trust you? 3. What
percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after
the money is in your account? Please, consider this and get back to me
as soon as possible so that l will forward all vital information to you
immediately l hears from you and besides I have here attach my picture
for you and I hope it will look nice to you.. Nevertheless, I have to
stop for here now and thank you very much been kind to respond to my
mail and may God bless us while I am waiting to hear from you soon
With love always
Form Miss Mamy Diop