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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 next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.C Eluebo" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:25:11 +0200
Subject: I am Mrs.C Eluebo
I know that you may be asking why you? Because we did not know each other before. But i got your contact by searching through the website and I have email you earlier, without Ur response. For formal Introduction, I am Mrs.Christy Eluebo, Auditor General with one of the leading Banks in Southern Africa
My reason of contacting you,is because I am looking for a Trustworthy person that I can present to my bank as the Business Partner/next of kin of a deceased client,to help claim his unclaimed US$5.3M deposit, thereafter we can share it.
SO IF YOURE INTERESTED, kindly send the information stated below
1) Your Full Name....
2) Home Address.................
3) Your Age...........................
4) Your Country.......................
5) Your Occupation....................
6) Your Personal Mobile Phone/Fax Number.........
7) Photo Copy of your ID or Passport and also tell me a little more about your self.
As soon as get back to me more details will be giving to you and i will let you know the share/% that I will be offering you in participation in claiming this fund