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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: "Madame BASMA." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Madame BASMA." <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:21:44 +0900 (JST)
Subject: INVESTMENT IN YOUR COUNTRY
First of all I will like to thank you for your attention to read through my mail, I pray that my plan with you shall be of good success. It's my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which intends to establish in your country, though I have not meet with you before but I believe as a human being one have to take risk to succeed in life, trusting you is one, succeeding with you is another.
I want to discuss about my heritance sum of Five Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars (US$5.500.000.00) which my late father deposit in a bank before his untimely death. I decided to seek for your assistance to standing as my guardian and foreign partner because I have face a lot of set back in life ever since I lost my parent and again I am presently living in an orphanage home.
I shall give you all the details to help me claim the fund and after that you have to help me to come over to meet you before we start investment with the fund. Please note that I do not have any experience in business but I am ready to entrust it into your care, you shall help me to complete my education in your country, my dear this money will be invested in the benefit of both of us.
I want you to be my guardian and beneficiary of my heritance since I am presently 20 years old orphan as I am ready to offer you 25% of the total money.
Extend my greeting to your entire family as I wait to hear from you.
Miss. Fatima Kamara