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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "cotonou" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012 12:24:29 -0430 (VET)
Subject: Good afternoon,
This is Mr. Allison brown again, I do not know if you remember me.
I am pleased to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred in conjunction with a new partner from Japan.
Currently I'm in Japan for investment projects with my own share of the total. Meanwhile, I have not forgotten you past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it is not for us anyway.
Now contact my secretary in Cotonou Benin Republic, his name is Mr, John Chike His
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ask him to send you the total $ 1.350,000.00, as promised, which I raised in your favor to compensate for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.
I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so do not hesitate and get in touched with my secretary, Mr. Chike and instruct him where to send the amount to you.
Please let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the suffering Property in a while. At the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects which my new partner and having at hand, finally, remember that I sent to request the Secretary on your behalf, so feel free to contact him now allow him to send you the money without any delay.
He Can be reacht at +22967 31 2956
THIS IS MY PHONE IN JAPAN 81 963714378 kindly contact me at any time.