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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:
- "waiting for your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Nana Mohab <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2012 06:44:07 +0100 (BST)
Subject: From:Miss Nana Mohab
From:Miss Nana Mohab
Greetings, it is my pleasure to contact you after going through your contact details I was convinced and decided to select you among others for my assistance with the believe that you will never disappoint me in any way.However it is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will, but first Iet me introduce myself to you.
My name is Miss. Nana Mohab from Ivory Coast West Africa, I am the only child of my late parents and that has made me to run away from our family House because my uncles and my step Mother are after my life as they want to have full access to my inheritance.
My entire dream is to find somebody overseas whom I can trust with my future life and inheritance and also who will be able to assist for my relocation abroad and also assist me in my investment plans abroad.I am seriously searching for a very reliable Person, who will assist me in my investment plans over there in your base,
I have some reasonable amount worth US$ M7.5 which I inherited from my late father who was a traditional ruler and an international business man before his death, now I am ready and wanted to relocate out of this country and come over there to your area so that I will secure a business opportunity. I wish to invest in HOSPITAL EQUIPEMENTS / AUTOMOBILES /AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS and REAL ESTATE , I need to invest the money in your base because of my situation here, besides we do not have fair investment opportunities here in our country because of frequent political crisis.
Plz your assistance is highly needed to enable me achieve my goals.Your urgent response is needed so that I will give you full details.
Please in case if you are not in a good position to work with me I will appreciate you inform me immediately so that I will start making an urgent alternative arrangement with another person without much delay .I am eagerly waiting for your urgent response.
Remain BlessedFaithfully YoursMiss. Nana Mohab