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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 dollars" (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: Sonita Akhma <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Sonita Akhma <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 20:49:34 +0900 (JST)
I'm contacting you based on your good profiles I read and for a good reasons, I am in search of a property to buy in your country as I intended to come over to your country for investment, Though I have not met with you before but I believe that one has to risk confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life.
My name is Miss Sonita Akhma My late father deals on Crude Oil with the Federal Government of Sudan and he has a personal Oil firm in Bentiu Oil zone town and Upper Nile city. What I have experience physically and mentally, I don't wish to experience it again in my life due to the recent civil Ethnic war that is caused by our President Mr. Salva Kiir and the rebel leader Mr Riek Machar.
I have been Under United Nation refuge camp in Bor city to save my life, I left my country and move to Cote d'Ivoire with the little ceasefire we have because of the face to face peace meeting accord cordinated by the US Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry and United Nations in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) between our President Mr Salva Kiir and the rebel leader Mr Riek Machar to stop this war.
However, I need your advise and help, My late Father deposited the sum of $8 Million dollars in one of Finance security firm I have the documents along with me, my age is 19 years and I don't know whom I can trust now, I want to solicit for your partnership with trust to invest my fund in your country because my life is no longer save in my coutry, as an ophan i need yourassistance and direction.
I escaped when the rebels bust into our house and raped my mother and she died after two days, May her soul rest in perfect peace.I'm his only child left, I
need to be in school while you will handle the fund for any good investment for me, I will offer you 20% of the total fund for your help while you will handle the
rest fund for investments for me.
I will wait to hear from you so as to give you details.
With love from