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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: Madam Helen Lama <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:38:18 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: WRITING YOU BACK
Good morning, how are you doing today? I got your contact from a directory and picked interest to communicate you by faith, though we have not met before, I believe we can achieve something together.
My husband died few years ago after battling with brain cancer, before his death, he deposited (US$10.5 Million) in one of the financial institution. He wanted to establish coco processing factory and also real estate business.
After the death of my husband, I have been receiving all manner of life threats from the family members, now the pressure is getting more severe I decided to leave this country. Please can you partner with me and receive the fund in your account while I come over there with my son for investment. If you agree, get back for more details and what will be your commission for the assistance. Call me: +22998520796
I wait for your reply,