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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "please indicate your interest" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "former president of liberia" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "liberia" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "eluchi mark Abia" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2012 00:10:17 +0200
Subject: I solicit for Business relationship
Good day, Firstly, I apologize for sending you this sensitive information via e-mail instead of a Certified/Post-mail. It is
understandable that you might be a little bit apprehensive because you do not know me, But I have a lucrative business offer of mutual interest to share with you,hence, this letter to you.
I humbly crave your indulgence to read this e-mail with all seriousness of purpose devoid of any doubt in your mind because this project is based on Trust, Confidentiality and Sincerity of purpose in order to have an acceptable meeting of the minds.
My name is MR, ELUCHI MARK ABIA. I am a LIBERIAN Iwas in the government of the Former President of Liberia (Charles Taylor)
I need you to assist me in repatriating some funds.I need your foreign partnership to assist me to invest in your country.I have interest in stocks,real estate and any other profitable businesses you may wish to recommend.
I realised this fund from sales we made in cash from Liberia Diamond and Timber trades during the administration of President Charles Taylor.
I assure you that this project will bring us together for a long lasting relationship.I need your private phone number,full names,address so that i can forward to you more details.
All i intend to do now is to safe guide this fund, by making sure that this fund moves from where it it now to your account.
Once this money is transferred to you in your country, i will come over immediately for the investment.
Presently i reside in Nigeria on political asylum
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.Please indicate your interest by sending an email.
I await your response as soon as possible.
Eluchi Mark Abia