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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:
- "million us 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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "MR. ROBERT KLIN" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 07:19:16 +0900
Subject: YOUR UNCLAIMED FUND.
Attn: My Dear,
I am Mr. Robert Klin., I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside here in the United States, am thinking of relocating since I am now rich.
I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $50,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail. So I decided to travel to WASHINGTON D.C, And I was directed by the ( F B I) Director to contact Mr. Gbolahan Olutayo, who works for the Gold Link Insurance Company in Nigeria, where all the unclaimed fund are been deposited for safe keeping.
I contacted him and he asked if i could travel down to Nigeria to see things with my eyes or if i would prefer he handle the transfer him self from their, i decided to tarvel down to Nigeria to see the transfer process completed my self.
Right now I am the most happiest man on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $15 Million Us Dollars Moreover, Mr. Gbolahan Olutayo, showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you.
I will advise you to contact Mr. Gbolahan Olutayo of the Gold Link Insurance Company. You have to contact him directly on this information below.
GOLD LINK INSURANCE COMPANY
Mr. Gbolahan Olutayo
Email : email@example.com
Phone: +234 808 033 9418
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.
The only money I paid after I met Mr. Gbolahan Olutayo was just $275 for their insurance fee, take note of that. Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Mr. Gbolahan Olutayo so that he can help you to Deliver your fund instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mr. Robert Klin.