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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "transfer into your account" (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: luccy john <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: luccy john <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 19:13:57 +0800 (SGT)
Thank you very much for your prompt response , the Almighty God is my strength and my trust, moreover i contacted you base on faith and trust.
Talking more about me, I am single, I am a Guinea in west Africa but residing in Senegal Dakar, and i also hope this will not affect this long term relationship that i am about to form with you
As it might interest you to know, my father and mother is late, my father died after a brief illness not up to three months my lovely sweet mother past , due to so many thought and heart break, living me as the only survival.
I am contacting on your assistance to help me invest my fund, 3.1 million usd, left by my late father mike john which i was the next of kin,in the fact that i dont have much idea in business and investment.
Please i plead you stand as my partner, assist me in getting my fund and help invest in a good lucrative business gesture which can yard out good income within a specified period of time, and as well help me relocate to your country as soon as my fund is been transferred into your account
I considered that you work with me and hoping that you have experience in management. I will like you to tell me the plans you have, and the ideas you have towards the plan ,if actually the plan will be profitable i don't mind investing into it.
Therefore, please you need to show me that you are trustworthy. i need to trust you because i am about to have lasting relationship with you
I asked you these few questions:
if I invest suggested investment, how much interest should i be expecting for a year?
I have asked these questions in order to know your business ability and what you can do for me and what I expect at the end of the year.
dear, i am solemnly depending on your ability and trustworthiness.
please tell me more about yourself and kindly include your personal details to enable me introduce you to bank as my investment partner and that is the only way the fund can be transfer into your account for the investment purpose.
Full Name...............address.........photo copy of your passport.......telephone numbers...........
I wait to hear from you as soon as possible