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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Daouda Doumbia <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Daouda Doumbia <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 20:13:10 +0000 (UTC)
I know that this is not the right platform to contact you in a project of this magnitude because of fraud and scams all over the internet especially the once emanating from Africa.
But I am proposing this business to you because I know that itâs a genuine good opportunity for you to manage the investment of 300 Million USD in a good business in your country and make 40% of the 300 Million USD without making any upfront payment. I have been contacted by some Arab men from Libya in North Africa who brought the money out of Libya to Accra â Republic o f Ghana in West Africa to represent them as an agent and help them to look for a competent / capable partner who will be interested to help them and at the end share the money with them.
They are looking for a partner who will help them to evacuate the money out of the nation of Ghana to any safe Island or tax free heaven and invest it in to a good profit yielding business in other to push the money into the banking system and as I am an agent, I shall be getting 10% from your side after the completion of the business as my commission or my Finders / Agent Fee.
The Libyans need somebody who will be capable of making use of a private jet to transport the funds out of Accra - Ghana and thereafter handle the investment of 300 Million USD for them secretly in any good business until the money will be safely deposited into the banking system so that they will entrust the 300 Million USD under the persons care. The funds are presently stored in 3 (three) pallets cargos containing 4 boxes each and declared /registered as crystals & precious stones at the Accra International Airport Cargo Warehouse awaiting onward re-exportation / shipment to your preferred
The Libyans will need to meet you personally in Accra - Ghana to know you, have meeting with you to sign partnership agreement to secure the funds for them and invest it and also go with you to Accra International Airport Cargo warehouse to see the money before the shipment. The purpose of your coming to Accra is for them to know you and discuss the best way to handle the project.
If you are interested in this project, please give me your address and also your Mobile phone number to enable us contacts you for further details. Sorry, I cannot give you more details about me or the Libyans until I receive your positive response for security reasons. Upon receipt of your quick response, I will furnish you my contact telephone for our private
Expecting your urgent responds.