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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "urgent assistance" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Angel Ag <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:44:52 +0000 (UTC)
Â HELLO,PLEASE ACCEPT MY APOLOGIES IF THIS REQUEST DOES NOT MEET YOUR PERSONAL ETHICS AS IT IS NOT INTENDED TO CAUSE YOU ANY EMBARRASSMENT IN WHATEVER FORM. I GOT YOUR CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS FROM INTERNATIONAL DOMAIN DIRECTORY AND DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU FOR THIS TRANSACTION THAT IS BASED ON TRUST AND YOUR OUTSTANDING. I NEED YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE IN TRANSFERRING THE SUM OF ($8M) MILLION TO YOUR ACCOUNT. THE TRANSFER IS RISK FREE ON BOTH SIDES HENCE YOU ARE GOING TO FOLLOW MY INSTRUCTION TILL THE FUND IS TRANSFERRED TO YOUR ACCOUNT. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS DEAL, KINDLY SEND ME YOUR URGENT REPLY.Â HAVING GONE THROUGH A METHODICAL SEARCH, I DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU. PLEASE ON YOUR CONFIRMATION OF THIS MESSAGE AND INDICATING YOUR INTEREST, I WILL FURNISH YOU WITH MORE INFORMATION ALSO NOTE THAT YOU WILL HAVE 30% OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED WHILE 70% WILL BE FOR ME. Â ANGEL AG