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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:
- "million 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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "dormant account" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Alfredo Landa" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:51:39 +0530
Subject: Friend Request.
Good day to you.
I am Alfredo Landa. I am the manager for DL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT in
London, United Kingdom. We are a private and absolute confidential
financial investment company. This is with due respect to the type of
clients we manage investments for. We are responsible for the safe
keep, management and investment of funds and valuables forour
customers and clients. Our clients are mostly top government officials
and leaders around the world most especially, Africa and the Middle
East. We managed funds for Muhammad Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian
President who was kicked out of office by his people. We have also
managed funds and investments for Late Muammar El Gadaffi who I am
sure you must have known was killed by his own people after refusing
to step down as Libya?s leader after 42 years in power. At the
outbreak of war in Libya, Saif Al-Arab Gadaffi, one of Late Muammar El
Gadaffi?s Sons secretly moved out large sums of money out of Libya and
deposited $150,000,000.00 Million Dollars with our
security company for safe keep and investment
The money has been concealed in special escrow dormant accounts with
special arrangements made with some officers from another financial
institution who agreed to receiving the funds in holding deposits to
avoid any trace. The bank officer where the money is presently will
contact you on how you can move the funds to your bank account for
safe keeping until I meet up with you for disbursement as agreed. I
need you to send me your response indicating you?re interested to
partner with us in this deal. As soon as I get your response, I will
give you further details on how we move forward. If you agree to lay
claims and take possession of this money, I will make the necessary
arrangements and prepare all the necessary paper work or documents to
back up your claim as the Manager, custodian and sole Trustee to Saif
Gadaffi?s deposits and investment with our company. After the
successful claim of this money, you will get $45 Million Dollars which
is 30% of the total sum while my colleagues and I in the company will
share the total sum of 70% of the funds.
DL. FINANCIAL INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT.