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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Jasmine Ubamuo <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:19:49 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: MRS JASMINE UBAMUO
PLEASE WE ARE CONTACTING YOU HERE FROM COTE D'IVOIRE AFTER GOING THROUGH YOUR PROFILE ON THIS GOOGLE SITE.
I AND MY DAUGHTER WILL LOVE TO MOVE TO YOUR COUNTRY WITH OUR INHERITANCE FUND ($3.5MILLION USD.WE INHERITED THIS FUND FROM MY LATE HUSBAND MR WILLIAMS.
WE KNOW THAT WE DON'T KNOW YOU IN PERSON BUT WE ARE CONTACTING YOU THROUGH OUR FAITH FOR YOU TO ASSIST AND RECEIVE US IN YOUR COUNTRY SO THAT WE CAN INVEST THESE MONEY WITH YOU AND SETTLE DOWN HAPPILY IN YOUR COUNTRY.
TILL WE HEAR FROM YOU IN DUE TIME,
MRS JASMINE UBAMUO WILLIAMS AND DAUGHTER