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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.
Fraud email example:
From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 02:47:14 +0700
Subject: Assalamualaikum From Mrs Fatima Idris
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
Before I proceed, may I humbly introduce myself to your goodself, My Name
is Mrs.Fatimah Idris 51 years old woman, originated from Benghazi- Libya ,
North Africa,my husband was one of the personal aid to our Formal Leader
Muammar Gaddafi who was Killed by the National Transitional Council
(NTC)and (NATO) along side with my Husband Abdel Idris as they are on their
way to leave the Country.
Prior to this last serious crisis that is still ravaging in my
country,which recently led to misfortune of our government and my late
husband position as the personal aid to Muammar Gaddafi, we were able to
come over here in Thailand,we inherited the sum of USD$12 million.The funds
were originally gotten from my late husband proceeds.My late husband was
able to safe guard the fund with a very good diplomatic contact from my
I have decided to contact you because I am interested in investing in your
country which is investment friendly. Please kindly guide and assist me in
making the right investment since I am also interested in buying a
residential property as I will be moving my family over there as soon as
every thing regarding technical and logistics details is worked out and
ascertained to our respective satisfaction.
In view of your participation,I am ready to give you a good negotiable
percentage for your assistance,or better still commit it into viable joint
venture projects,be assured that you stand no risk of any kind as the funds
belong to me and my only survived son.As soon as I get your consent, we
will quickly move this fund to your country for investment .
However, upon your acceptance to work as my partner, you can contact me for
more details.I am here with my only surviving son Ahmed.I strongly believe
that associating with you to embark on this and other business ventures
will derive a huge success here after, please include your private
contact telephone number when replying.