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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:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: Jeff Green <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 15:37:25 +0000 (GMT)
Compliment of the day to you
My name is Mr.Jeff Green, a consultant in London. I have a brief discussion with executives of a top Oil company (Exxon Mobil) I have a very sensitive and private brief from this top Oil company executives to ask for your partnership to re-profile funds over $12,500,000.00 Million (Twelve million five hundred united state dollars).
I will give you the details, but in summary, the funds would be pay to you via a Barclay Bank Plc, and this is a legitimate transaction and without any government interference.All we need is to procure the needed documents which will enhance the transfer in your name or company, You will be duly compensated for your "Re-profiling fees", if you and your company agree to work with us.
If you are interested, please write back and provide me with your confidential telephone number,contact address, occupation, age and email address and I will provide further details.