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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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Capt Noah Tadlock <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Capt Noah Tadlock <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 23:56:38 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Capt. Noah Tadlock
I am Noah Tadlock a Captain with the United Nations served in Sudan East Africa but presently in Iraq with my troop.
have in my possession the sum of (10.5million U.S.D) which was
recovered on one of our raids in a terrorist Camp in Sudan East Africa
but we did not submit all the money to the military authorities, because
we seeing it as life time opportunity, And I have my share kept safely
in a box and deposited with a company
I just need your acceptance
and trust, and then all is done. Please if you are interested in this
transaction I will give to you the complete details you need for us to
carry out this
transaction successfully, I decided to find someone that is real and
not imaginary and that is why I went for a secured site where I can be
sure that the person is real.
believe I can trust you? Where we are now we can only communicate
through our military communication facilities which is much secured so
nobody can monitor our conversation, then I can explain in details to
you, at the moment i can only reach you through email, because our calls
might be monitored,.I will explain more details as soon as you reply me
and notify me of your interest.I shall be waiting to read from you soon
Capt. Noah Tadlock