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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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 15:25:29 -0300
Subject: Greeting to you my dear
Hello dear good day i am victoria loba the only daughter of late MR SILVER LOBA, who died
in the fatal earthquake in China 11 March 2011.
Before his death he deposited 1.800,000,00.(one Million eight Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars), in one of the private security bank here in ivory coast with my name
But from my sincere heart i want to beleive and trust you,
I am VICTORIA LOBA his only daughter i want you assist me to transfer this sum into your
intoyour bank account i dont know any other person to assist me in this transfer. I am
investing my trust in you, i will send you my photos as soon as i here from you.
Becouse the bank need me to pressent someone to repressent me in transfering this sum for
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