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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: "Miss Sandra Konate" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 14:32:58 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Miss Sandra Konate
I am Miss Sandra Konate, I solicit that you to assist me to the transfer
of the sum of $16M USD. I want you to help me and move this money to your
country and also for you to guide me and invest this money on good Project
in your country.
Kindly contact me through my private email if you can represent my
interest or if there is any lucrative Business in your area of
specialization to enable me detail you well about your role in this
transaction and how we shall transfer this money. For your assistance, i
have set aside 15% of the total sum as your commission.