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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Evelin Juhanson" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:48:50 +0100
Subject: My Dearest
After reading your profile on this site I became interested in you and also want to know you more better, My name is Evelin Juhanson,I am 19 years old Girl a student, my late father was a former Minister of Interior,Before he was killed by the group of Rebel.Before the death of my father, he let me know that he had deposit into a fixed account in a bank here, for my schooling and some other needs when I am old enough to take care of myself.
Now, since my father is late and our family members are after me to kill me so as to inherit my fathers wealth, I kindly seek your help in claiming this funds from the Bank and invest it into a business in your country while you shall also help me get a visa into your country so that I can further my education.
I shall send you the paying bank contact details as my late fathers business partner overseas and shall forward all the deposit documents to you as soon as I can, I confide in you that you would not sit in the funds after it gets to your care.
I also want you to reply to me immediately is not safe for me.
Also send me your telephone number in your reply so that i can call you for discussions.
Thanks alot and God Bless you.