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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:
- "hundred thousand united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "your humble assistance" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Anna & Raman Sule <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Anna & Raman Sule <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:05:08 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: From Anna & Raman Sule
>From Anna & Raman Sule
However is not mandatory nor will we in any manner compel you to honor against your will. We are in a state of dilemma & have decided to contact you through your E-mail; I am Anna & Raman Sule the Daughter of Late Dr. Sule Kamara who was the former Director of Financed Sierra-Leone diamond and mining corporation. With the best & well wishes, we therefore decide to engage you in this proposal. It is sad to say that our late father passed away mysteriously on Friday
5th rebury 2003 during some illness suspected to have been masterminded by his uncle, who travelled with him at that time. God knows the truth, before the death of our late father on February 5th 2004 he let us know about sum of Eighteen million four hundred thousand United State Dollars. (USD$18.4, million) deposited in one of the leading bank here .The money deposited in my name and necessary legal deposit certificate documents regarding this money in the BANK is now with us .We really doesnât know what to do
The death of our late father actually brought sorrow to our life. After everything we decided to live the country because of the present government gets to know about this money we are finished. I & my brother are now in Ivory Coast as refugee we are in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in these regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded to see that these money transfer into your bank account as our late father foreign business partner and trustee.
We also deserve to get out of this country for a better life and continue our education over there since we are no more interested over this place any more. Please, consider this and get back to us with your full details
Cell phone number
Our sincere regards,
Waiting to hear from you urgent,
Anna &Raman Sule
Contact us +22543009916