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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.
- 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 (Yahoo, Japan; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: FREDERICK PAUL GONZALEZ <FRED@adinet.com.uy>
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 00:04:57 +0800
Subject: FROM FREDERICK PAUL GONZALEZ
GENTING GROUP OF COMPANIES
FREDERICK PAUL GONZALEZ
My name is FREDERICK PAUL GONZALEZ, I am a personal assistance to the
deceased TAN SRI GOH TONG (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lim_Goh_Tong),
the CEO GENTING GROUP OF COMPANIES not until 2003 when he handed over
his chairmanship of the Genting group to his son TAN SRI LIM KOK THAY,
but beside that, with the believe and the trust he had in me, he
entrusted so many transaction in my cares among of it all was to take
care of his proposed personal CHARITY ORGANIZATION ON CHILD RELIEF
across the Asia and Middle East.
In the process to make this idea of Child relief organization program
come to reality, on February 2007 he mapped out the sum of $20Million
for safe keeping through me as his personal assistance without the
knowledge of anybody based on child relief program. Since the death of
Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong and nobody has question me about this funds, I
now seek your help to receive this funds to your care and starts a
good investment with the funds in your country .
I will be very grateful to receive your urgent respond so that I can
expantiate on more details.
FREDERICK PAUL GONZALEZ