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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "huge amount of money" (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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "% will be for you" (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 orphan scam.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Thomason Wilcox <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:20:25 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Business investment
From: Mr. Thomason Wilcox
Contact Email: email@example.com
Tel:+27 74 205 73 99
You may be surprise to receive this mail since you donât know me personally, but with due
respect, trust and humility, I write to you this proposal. I am Mr. davies rossman, the
elder son of Hamas rossman of Dafur Sudan. It is indeed my pleasure to contact you for
assistance of a business venture which I intend to establish in your country.
I got your contact while I was doing a private research on the Internet for a reliable
and capable foreign partner that will assist me and my family to transfer fund to his
personal or private account for investment purpose Though I have not met with you before,
but considering the recent political instabilities in my country, I believe one has to
risk confiding in success sometimes in life.
There is this huge amount of money (Fifteen Million U.S dollars) ($15,000,000.00) which
my late Father deposited with a Financial Security Company in South Africa awaiting claim
before he was assassinated by unknown persons during this war in Darfur Sudan. Now I have
decided to invest this money in your country or anywhere safe for security and political
reasons. I want you to help me retrieve this money for onward transfer to any designated
bank account of your choice for investment purposes on these areas below:
1) Transport Industry
2) Mechanized agriculture.
3} Estate investment
We have to negotiate on what will be offered to you for assisting me to handle this
project while 25% will be for you annually from the profit of the partnership company we
are to establish .Please, read more on the news. www.savedarfur.org
All I require is your honest& kind co-operation. I will give you further details as soon
as you show interest in helping me.
I wait for your kind consideration to my proposal.
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mr Thomason wilcox
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