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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Ms Nancy J <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 23:43:50 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Hello dear,
Complement of the day to you, please pardon me if i interfere into your privacy, my name is Nancy J, Age 23, i am the only daughter of my parents Late Mr/Mrs John,Nationality Sudanese, My father was a Engineering. I observed you as an important personality before i made up my mind to contact you. Please i will like to know more about you because i have with me some funds in my possession which i will like to invest with you in a good business over there in your country.
I wish you could be honest to me so that i can go into this investment with you by my self and i will also need your good advices.Remember you caught my attention that was why i contacted you in the first place. We will know ourselves more as we communicate along.
I am an honest and faithful girl with a very BIG and tender heart. I'm also very open, understanding,To others feelings, as well as very affectionate and fun loving. There is no greater feeling to me than to make others happy and see a smile on their faces.i like HONESTY, KINDNESS,INTELLIGENCE,NON JEALOUS,reliable, honest AND TRUSTWORTHY.
Thanks for your understanding, hoping to hear from you soon.
And good luck,