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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: "Azeez Qudus" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2013 07:04:28 -0500
Subject: Attention Beneficiary
Do not be surprised by receiving this email. I intentionally sent it to you. I am begging for your assistance for the transfer of US$12.5Million.For introduction sake, I am the financial controller in charge of the sales of crude oil in my country. This position has offered to me the opportunity to acquire the sum of US$12.5Million.
I have the problem of keeping this US$12.5Million in my local bank account because as a civil servant, I earn salary monthly and my salary for a 100 years cannot be up to US$12.5Million.If I bank the US$12.5Million,it will be noticed and the government will seize it. So I am soliciting for your help so you can provide for me your bank account to enable me transfer this fund to you. Please I am under serious need for a foreign partner who will agree to receive this fund. I have all logistics to declare that the US$12.5Million belongs to you so I can transfer it to your bank account.
Please while replying, include your information:
1.Your Full names.
2. Your address.
3. Your telephone and fax numbers.
4. Your occupation.
5. Your age.
As soon as I receive your email reply, I shall resume communication with you and arrange to meet with you to conclude this transfer as we must meet to have trust for each other before I can transfer this fund to you. Get back to me.