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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.
- 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:
- "million us 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. David Hunt" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:42:47 -0500
Subject: [BUSINESS] Re-investment Funds
Dear Prospective Partner,
I am writing to you on behalf of Akis Tsochatzopoulos. My name is Mr. David Hunt and I am a top management executive at UBS Investment Bank. Our bank website is www.ubs.com
My friend Akis Tsochatzopoulos, has presented a subtle offer which will need the help of a partner like you to complete successfully.Akis Tsochatzopoulos is in a difficult situation and he must immediately relocate certain sums of money out of the UBS Investment Bank in Athens, Greece. More so,this must be done in such a way that it must not be tied to Akis Tsochatzopoulos.
The sum is currently deposited in the name of an existing legal entity. Your role will be to:
. Act as the original beneficiary of the funds.
. Receive the funds into a business/private bank account.
. Invest/Manage the funds outside of Greece.
. Value of funds: $47.2 Million US Dollars.
Everything will be done legally to ensure the rights to the funds are transferred to you.If you agree to partner with Akis Tsochatzopoulos, he will compensate you with 20% of the total sum. Should you prefer I re-contact you with more express facts, you can send me your:
 Official Full Names:
 Company or Personal profile:
 Daytime Telephone No:
Kindly ensure to reply me via my private and confidential email address: firstname.lastname@example.org for further details, terms and agreement.