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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million 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.
- 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.
- +447031746670 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- 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: "ALRASHIDIK SALEM" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 25 May 2013 07:25:12 -0400
Subject: : RE-CONSTRUCTION OF IRAQ - VARIOUS SUPPLIES..........
: RE-CONSTRUCTION OF IRAQ - VARIOUS SUPPLIES..........
THE MANAGING DIRECTOR/CEO
My name is Alrashidik Salem and this is an urgent contract invitation from
Iraq. My benefactor the vice president at the american controlled iraq
government has mandated me to seek for your cooperation in a multi million
dollars worth of supply contract on Building/Medical/Textile and General
Ship equipments chemicals etc agricultural produce ,general items
etc,electrical equipment and appliances,cables etc. if you can assist us,
contact me via My peronal email firstname.lastname@example.org Or througth my
sattelite phone number +447031746670 for detailed discussion.
As soon as we recieve those, I shall get back to you with all details
exclusively.note that all payments would be made 100% upfront