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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:
- ",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)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Aseelah Yasir" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Aseelah Yasir" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:45:08 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Assalamu alaikum
Greeting in the name of Almighty Allah The Most Beneficent The Most Merciful
Please don$B!G(Bt be surprise by receiving my message, I am currently sending you this mail from my sick bed in the hospital despite my critical condition But don't worry, All i hope is that you will not betray this trust and confident that I am about to repose on you. I have to thank Allah this moment for his direction as regards this mission,
I am Mrs Aseelah Yasir a muslim convert from switzerland I am married to Late Mr. Ahmad Yasir who is a wealthy business man here in London uk we were married for many years with out a child before he died after a brief illness
Before his sudden death we where devoted muslim When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of Three Million UK Pounds (GBP $B!r(B3,000,000.00) in one of the prime bank here in London Presently this money is still with the Bank,
and i am very sick from Kidney cancer that i may not last till the next two months according to my doctor so i decided to donate this money to a honest individual who will use it to work for Allah, orphans, widow and maintenance of mosque to fulfill the vow i and my late husband made to Allah,
and i have choosen you after praying,
I want this money to be use as i have said since i do not have any child to inherit it and our relatives are all unbelivers and i don't want our hard earn money to be use in ungodly way you will take 15% of this fund and use 85% as i stated,
the reason for taking this bold decision. I know that after death I will be with Allah the most holy and the most merciful as soon as i read from you i will give you more details on how to achieve it,
i need your urgent reply as i dont know what tomorrow will result
Your Sister in Islam
Mrs. Aseelah Yasir.