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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "please endeavor to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Codjoe s.a.n" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:15:48 +0100
R. A. Codjoe Law Offices
House No. 40,Samora Machel Road,
Asylum Down PO Box AN 16843,
Fax:+233 30 765 028
On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late GEN.MR. CHARLES DE GAULLE JR, I personally once again try to notify you as my earlier letter was returned undelivered. I hereby attempt to reach you again by this same email address stated on the WILL. I wish to notify you that late MR. CHARLES DE GAULLE JR, made you a beneficiary to his WILL.
He left the sum of Sixteen millions Thirty Thousand United State Dollars (US $16.030, 000.00) to you in the codicil and last testament to his WILL.
Being a widely traveled man, he must have been in contact with you in the past or simply you were recommended to him by one of his Numerous friends abroad who wished you good. GENERAL CHARLES DE GAULLE JR, until his death was a Major and a member of the Helicopter Society and the Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineers.
The Late GEN Mr. CHARLES. DE GAULLE JR, died at the Age of 80 years, and his WILL is now ready for execution. According to him this money is to support Humanitarian activities and to help the poor and the needy in our society..
Please if I reach you this time as I am hopeful, please Endeavor to get back to me as soon as possible to enable me conclude with you.
Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated. And i will prefer you to reach me on this secured +233-543-161-769 for further information in regards to the transaction.
Yours in Service,
Chief.Raymond Codjoe s.a.n
(Legal Senior Principal Partner)
Pls Reply-to e-mail address :E-mail: