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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Zamora Surasak" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:30:10 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: REPLY FOR MORE DETAILS
Â Greetings Friend
I am writing you this letter based on the latest development at my bank which I will like to bring to your personal edification(5.5.million Euro transfer claims ) This is a legitimate transaction and The money will be shared 60% for me and 40% for you .
There is no one coming to ask you about the funds because I secured everything if you are ready to assist me get back to me, I will give you full details on how the money will be transfer to you
please quickly email
My best regards .
Mr. Zamora Surasak
United Bank For Africa (UBA)