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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "consignment " (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 orphan scam.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Desmond <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 01:02:42 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Greetings to you and your family
Better days greetings to you and your entire family,I am Desmond Eyadema,The son of the late president of Togo,a country in West Africa.
I write you this email in respect of my consignment box in Accra, Ghana. Which I and my mother want you to assist us,by standing as our trustee ,to help us receive this consignment on our behalf.The box (Consignment) contains $38.5 Million U.S.Dollars that was deposited by my late father under Ghana High Commission for I and my mother, Mr. Johnson Ascot who was suppose to receive this consignment in NEW YORK,But after the death of my father Mr.JOHNSON ASCOT began to demand for 50% which I and my mother did not agree on for any reason,that was why we have to stop the delivery to him immediately, and search for another Beneficiary who can help us on this.
Let be honest with you,i have contacted some persons in respect of this transaction before now, to assist me in this very matter. but due to the fraudulent activities going on in the world through the internet today and otherwise, all the people I contacted felt I am not for real.that is why I am writing you this mail with due sense of humanity and responsibility,and with the awareness that you will give it a sympathetic and mutual consideration. And you can see more details on this site below this mail.
I will give you 20% for the total fund involve for your assistance,because that was the former agreement we have with our foreign partner Mr.JOHNSON ASCOT before he later change is mind because of his greed that is why i and my mother put a stop to the delivery to him ,please if you are willing to help me us, kindly reply us so that we can proceed immediately because of the time limits.Thanks..
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