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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "any lucrative business in your country" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "consignment " (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)
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (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)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "top secret" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: DR DAVID WITROL <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:15:33 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP & INVESTMENT FUNDS
>From Desk Of DAVID WITROLVital Finance And Securities Sarl,BP 104 Akpapa ,Porto NovoRepublic Of BeninDirecT Number :+22994133039Private Email firstname.lastname@example.orgOfficial Email; email@example.com,
BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP & INVESTMENT FUNDSMUAMMAR GADDAFI LATE LEADER OF LIBYA TOP SECRET!!
due respect, I am DR DAVID WITROL(JP) ,Director Security Vault VITAL
FINANCE AND SECURITIES SARL ,Republic Of Benin ,I respectfully insist
you read this letter carefully. as
I am optimistic it will be open door for unimaginable financial rewards
for both of us. I believe you know about the current war in Libya? Many
families have lost a lot and are losing more on a daily basis and I
need your help to secure some of these funds because these are
hard-earned money. There funds are proceeds of contracts executed by the
family. Examples are BP's US$900M Libyan oil exploration contract in
2007, shares in Juventus Football Club, Eni: the Italian oil giant, and
Pearson: the parent company of Penguin and Financial Times. Also some
money was made from investments in numerous financial institutions,
including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and the Carlyle Group.
order to ensure that all their assets are not frozen due to sudden
death of original depositor who died as the result of war in Libya
MUAMMAR GADDAFI, Deposited in a Consignment Trunck Boxes of Nineteen
Million Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($19.3m).As the
director,I would like to introduce YOU to this management as the
representative forign business partner to his estates to enable me
Dispatch this consignment to your address in your country.Although it
was registerred as family treasure,but I am much aware it is liquid cash
guarantee you that this venture is risk free giving that the funds are
certified clean and the services of a qualified Solicitor from your
country will be retained. Be informed that while participating in this
deal, 35% of this total value will be for you as my co-operative partner
while the remaining 65% will be for me as the principal initiator of
the deal which you will also help me invest in any lucrative business in
you are interested and really sure of your trustworthy,accountability
and confidentiality on this transaction without dissapointment, contact
me through email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) for further details.i expect
your urgent reply with this necessary information's to facilitate an
1.Full Name:.............................2.Full Address:...........................3.Telephone number :.......................4.Country :.................................5.Occupation:................................6.A scan copy of your preferred identity.
you can go through these link and see how much he have all over the world. http://theweek.com/article/index/212750/gadhafis-astonishing-wealth-by-the-numbers http://www.therichest.org/business/muammar-al-gaddafi-net-worth/http://ouaga-ca-bouge.net/Hotel-Libya http://www.alltravels.com/guinea-bissau/all-regions/bissau/photos/current-photo-4717778http://www.flickr.com/photos/mali-anta/4972227960/ Regards,DR DAVID WITROLVital Finance And Securities Sarl,BP 104 Akpapa ,Porto NovoRepublic Of BeninDirecT Number :+22994133039