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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.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Governor" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 02:45:29 -0800
Subject: I need your partnership.
I need your partnership:
I am contacting you in this way as a result of necessity and urgency of this transaction. I am a manager of a bank in Benin Republic and a financial consultant to private investors in my bank.
This transaction relates to a large deposit of 28.8 million from customers, who died without any next of kin or relatives. I assure you this transaction is 100% and will be done legally in accordance with the laws of your country. I shall share 50% of the total funds with you.
As soon as I get your response, I'll give you details of this transaction.
Do contact me for more clarity. with my direct mobile @ +229 68292727