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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 pounds" (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: Mrs Mariam TayebElSafi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:45:46 -0700
Subject: With Due Respect!!!
âI know that we haven't known or come across to each other before considering the fact , I found your email address from the Human resources data base and decided to contact you, when i searching for a trust person who can assist me urgently and save our life. My name is Mrs. Mariam the wife of Mr Tayeb El Safi, I am from Libya and presently i am residing in the church Mission camp here in Burkina-Faso with my two childrenâs as a result of the civil war in my country Libya.
My Husband Mr Tayeb El Safi was the Minister of Economy and Commerce and also right-hand man to the ex Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and He died along with our former-President Muammar Gaddafi and our properties was destroyed and seized by the new Government, we managed to make our way to nearby country Burkina Faso where we are leaving now under the (UNHCR) my dear seriously I have important secret to reveal to you if you are sincere and willing, Thanking you a lot in anticipation of your quick response. I will give you details in my next mail after receiving your Data informationâs, such as your full name, Age and your country and acceptance mail to help me and my children. Have a nice day, while I hope to hear from you soon.
Mrs. Mariam TayebElSafi
( Hsbc Bank London Uk, the sum of 6.5 Million Pounds and I also have some funds that was deposited in one of the bank here Corris Bank International by my husband so let me know the one that will be easy for you, preferable contacting the bank here to retrieve the one that is here about 4.3 Million Doll