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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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Ajay Mohanda." (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 14:16:16 -0000
Subject: Urgent Response .
I am Ajay Mohanda. Director of Diplomatic sub-contract approvals and payment at the Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corporation. I have an offer that might interest you,this offer arose from the Government of Malaysia reserve vault under the care of my department, from which we pay both Indigenous and foreign executed contract and Sub contract. I need your assistance to stand as a beneficiary to the sum of U.S$20,000,000.00 (Twenty million United States dollars).
The success of this deal is dependent on how swift and committed you will be standing as the bonafide sub contractor and provision of a bank account to accomodate the fund.All modalities are in place to register this transaction as a diplomatic Sub contract payment, which shields it from unnecessary stop orders from several international fund transfer regulatory and monitoring agencies.
Please note that if you desire to accomplish this transaction with me kindly,send me your A: Your Full name B: Your House Address C: Your direct telephone number D: Age E: Occupation.F: Gender for further discussion through my private email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Waiting for your reply soon. Have a nice day!