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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: "Andy Hassan" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2012 20:48:21 -0700
I have decided to use this quick medium to extend a prosperous business interest to you.
Authoritatively,I am with good information/contacts to move from a secure Bank diplomatic Depository warehouse
in the ACCRA GHANA a total of 25m (Twenty Five Million Us dollar ).
The Law Firm insists that their statutory letter of recommendation is needed I have all contacts information to
with the process with 100% assurance of Risk free.This money is a diplomatic safe kept by my boss Mr.Davis Abbas
who is Contractor in Oil Business in Tripoli Libya, was Killed by the Rebels on their Advancement to Tripoli, I was
once arrested and tortured before i was released, that is the reason i ran away to ACCRA GHANA to ask for a
political asylum. under the failed General Muammar Gaddafi. It can be moved. I have details for you.
I wait your urgent response for business relationship.