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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Ayesha Zenaib Ali" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2012 16:13:13 -0500
Subject: REF: I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE
My name is Mrs.Ayesha Zenaib Ali from Libya and also a reputed Woman in Libyan
government who deny the evil of late Gaddafi the Libya leader whom had
Libyan people to be under his regime When average people survive with
$2 per day.
Libya is the second oil producing country in the entire surface of this Earth
but her citizens live in poorest condition according to international
I write this to see if you could help me to keep the sum of USD$10,500,000.00
Million with you for my Kids as most of our House and asset is taking
loyalist when he was alive. I am not sure if I would live more but in case
anything happens to me I would like you to help me keep
is right here as i write for my Kids since I might not survive this situation
I have a relation who is an army official and a loyalist to Gaddafi that will
help me in the transfer of these money and give back to my kids when the right
time Come. My kids names are A'shadieeyah, Aadila,Amin.
But my husband Ali was shut when he announced his resignation when Gaddafi was
alive. What you are to do is take 30% of this money and keep the rest for my
Kids in case I couldn?t make it. If you accept to help me
please provide information on Where this money were to be send and how you can
pick up. All Arrangement and process to transfer the money is ready.
I know this is unconstitutional asking this favor from you but been a human
being Consider Libyan people on this scenario .This is worst tragedy
Treatment and infringement in people?s life andfreedom. If you do consider
Helping me email me back because I can't answer a phone call at this
all calls is monitored by the tyrant and United Nations. I will anticipate and
appreciate yourimmediate acceptance to help me. I will update you in
to get the money out from here.
If you are intrested Please send your full names, direct telephone
physical address, more details will be given upon your reply.
Your quick response will be highly appreciated. Finally, If you are
will attached my Passport, Picture of my children,
Mrs.Ayesha Zenaib Ali