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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" 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: peterandrew0002 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:03:46 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend, Take For Your Compensation.
Good Day and compliment of the season. I hope this massage meets you in
good health. It has been a very long time. I'm happy to inform you about my
success in getting the fund transferred under the cooperation of a new
partner from London . Presently Iâm in London for investment projects with
my own share of the total sum.
Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist us in
transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how. Now contact my
secretary, her name is Mrs. Grace Ken ask her to send you the total US
$1,500.000.00, which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts
and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at
that time very much. So feel free and get in touched with my secretary Mrs.
Grace Ken with your information and instruct her where to send the amount
to you. Below is her email address contact:
Name: Mrs. Grace Ken
Email Address: email@example.com
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the
joy after all the suffer ness at that time. In the moment, I am very busy
here because of the investment projects which I and the new partner are
having at hand. Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my
secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in
touch with Mrs. Grace Ken and she will send the amount to you without any
delay. I wait to hear from you ASAP notifying me if you have received you
draft from her.
With best regards
Mr. Peter Andrew.