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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:
- "million 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Keiji Nishida" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:08:52 -0800
Subject: Please Contact ASAP
Through some inquiries and searching through companies and individuals you were been revealed as being reputed in private entrepreneurship, one has no doubt in your ability to handle a financial business which will form the bedrock of an extensive business partnership in due course. In unfolding this proposal, I want to count on your status as a respected person/executive of your Company to believe that you can handle it with all maturity and confidentiality it deserves.
Due to the Japanese's mining and energy boom for the past 25 years, we executed series of contracts under my department (Mitsui Mining Company Limited) where I was one of the directors. I am seeking for an experience person that can help us to facilitate the transfer of $15.8 million United States dollars to his or her account for an investment in your Country, The money resulted from the deliberate over invoicing of old projects executed for my Organisation by some foreign firms, the concerned contractors has been duly paid. We the officials here have worked out the scheme to benefit us along with any foreign partner who obliges us the materials and channels to push out the funds, our idea being to come over thereafter to share the funds with whoever assists us.
If you can be of an assistance get in touch as quickly as possible for more details but if you know that you are not willing please don't bother to reply.
Thanks and high regards.