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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: "Zuna Ibrahim" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2012 11:19:29 -0000
Subject: HOW ARE YOU
Hi Dear one,
Sorry for sending you this mail about my life history. My name is Miss. Zuna Ibrahim only survived daughter to late Chief and Mrs. Ibrahim Monga from Sierra Leone, one of the potential Elite in my community who among the listed name by the rebel group during the country crises that lead many souls in the country to death.
After they are assassinated with two of my brothers to death I happen to leave the country at all cost to nearby country of Guinea where I took my refuge as of then and return after some period the crises ended and continue my Education through support of Caritas organization. recently our family lawyer returned back from Ivory Coast where he took his entire family along for refuge during the crises, He called me and present a document belonging to my late father concerning his deposit funds in a company in Ghana that remains unclaimed till now and advised that I should go after the claim in Ghana for my future survival.
Now I am in Ghana for inquiry of the existence of the funds in the company which is confirmed by the company the existence in their custody, now my aim of contacting is to seek your advice and assistance of moving the funds for foreign investment because I dont want to settle in Ghana neither my country bloodshed nation and unsettled destination. Hearing from you will enable me give you more details of the funds and seek your advice on how you wish the funds to move to your country because I have not been in such transaction for the first time. 30% percent of the total will be offer to you for your contribution and effort.
Miss. Zuna Ibrahim.