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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:
- "huge amount of money" (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)
- "million united state 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)
- "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: Nancy Kipkalya <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2012 10:52:55 +0000
Subject: Hello Dear This Message Is Respectfully Yours
Hello Dear This Message Is Respectfully Yours,
I am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart. With due respect , trust and humanity,honestly, i will really like to have a good relationship with you and i have a special reason why i decided to contact you, is due to the urgency of my situation, My name is Miss Nancy Kipkalya Kones, 23yrs old female and I held from Kenya in East Africa. The plane crashed on the Tuesday 10th, June,2008.That lead me into a refugee camp.
You can read more about the crash through the below site:
After the burial of my father, my stepmother and uncle conspired and sold my father's property to an Italian Expertrate which the shared the money among themselves and live nothing for me. One faithful morning, I opened my father's briefcase and found out the documents which he have deposited huge amount of money in one bank in Burkina Faso with my name as the next of kin. The amount is( $5.8 USD )Million United State Dollars, and I have confirmed from the bank in Burkina Faso on my arrival,It is my intention to compensate you with 30% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my capital in your establishment. I will like to disclose much to you if you can help me to relocate to your country because my stepmother have threaten to assinate me.
AWAITING YOUR URGENT AND POSITIVE RESPONSE,I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely. Please do keep this only to your self for now until the bank will transfer the fund.I have the documents for the claims.
Miss Nancy Kipkalya Kones