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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "urgent assistance" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- 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 (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Nine Sulaiman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 05:07:53 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Hello Dear Love.....
How are you and your family hope everyone is fine together with your health and work.Well my name is Ms.Nine Sulaiman, living in dakar Senegal.I am a 24yrs old young lady never married.It is my pleasure to contact you after viewing your profile. Dear i am seeking for urgent assistance of who will help me to present his self with truth and trust and receive my Family Inheritance on my behave and also take good care of me,please if you are willing to help me i shall tell you more about myself and the Family Inheritance on my next mail to you together with my photo. Kindly reach me with this Email ID. ( email@example.com ).
Thanks Waiting for your urgent Reply.
>From Ms.Nine Sulaiman.