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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.
- 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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "TOYOTA MOTORS CORPORATION LTD." (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:27:16 +0700
Subject: If You Are Interested In My Proposal, Kindly Indicate Your Interest By Contacting Below.
Attn: Sir /Madam,
I hope your doing fine.This may appear a bit surprising to you but very beneficial; As a matter of urgency, I am desperately looking for a foreign partner whom I can trust to handle some investment of fund movement.
I am Mrs. Safia Farkash Ghadafi.The wife of late Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gadhafi,
Before he was killed, he gave everybody money in case any thing happens to him. He deposited the sum of US$65.4m (Sixty five million four hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in my name at security Company in Thailand
I have already left Libya to one of the West African countries. Consequently, our status/position of the present state of things does not permit me to open an account and to make calls or run any huge financial business at the moment.That is why I want this fund records to be change to your full information that will enable you transferred it to any conducive account in any of the countries in the world. Your assistance will enable us invest this money in your country or any where it will be safe and productive.
But before we continue in this transaction, we have to build a memorandum of trust that none of the two parties shall betray each other.
As the war escalated in Libyan , we were no more secured and having no where to go to, or anyone to help us, I decided to appeal to the United Nations for help to move me and my brother out of Africa to Thailand since our lives were in seriouse danger in Africa. With the good help of the United Nations, my brother were transported to Thailand where my husband deposited the money;He is now leaving in Thailand as refugee (Asylum Seekers). But Shortly after him arrival to Thailand my health deteriorated and I was diagnosed with LUNG CANCER which I have being surfering from since He arrival to Thailand.I want to use this upportunity to secure a bright future for my family's, that is why I am writting you to assist in moving this money to your country for my Family's future.
As soon as you agree to assist us, I shall quickly furnish you with the contact address of the Security company where the US$65.4m (Sixty five million four hundred Thousand United States Dollars was deposited.I will get you the deposit certificate of claim for ownership documents to you.
Please take this Serious; I am using this liberty anchored on a strong desire to ask for your assistance. Your consent and urgent attention would be greatly needed in this transaction. As a result of the deterioration of my health, I don't want to die without giving my only family's the upportunity to carry on,
Please I need your urgent and confidential response. Waiting for your prompt and positive response. Please, if you are not interested do not disclose my intention so that it will not get to my late husband, relatives or loyalist as they will burn me alive with my entire family.
We have agreed to give you 25% percent of the total amount as a reward for your kind assistance, while 5% will be used to pay back any expenses incurred during the process of this transaction, 70% will be for my brother and family's and his investments which shall be under your kind control. Note that there is not risk involved in this transaction, the money belongs to my late husband and no one knows about this money except me and my only brother. Please keep this information and transaction secret for security purposes, no one except you must know about this transaction.
If you are interested in my proposal, kindly indicate your interest by contacting my brother who is fully aware of this transaction, he will furnish you with more details.
The requested informations below==================================
1.Your Full name..............
2.Your Telephone numbers/mobile/fax.......
3. Your age......
4. Your sex.........
5. Your occupation........
6. Your country and city......
7. Your home address..........
8. Marital status............
His name is: Mr.H.Ibrahim,
Thanks. Mrs. Safia Farkash Ghadafi
Please Do not disregard this email if found in JUNK folder of your email.