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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:
- "i will like you to " (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: "Mrs. Mary Adams" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 23:54:08 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: FROM DR. PAUL SAWADOGO: URGENT REPLY NEEDED
Â Greetings from my side and how are you doing? I hope you are doing very good today.
I am Dr Paul Sawadogo the chief Medical consultant at Suka Clinic Ouagadougou and I have a Patient who hails from the United States of America but unfortunately is in coma right now due to complications from a Cancer disease and she has the sum of $4.7 Million United States(Four Million seven Hundred Thousand) Dollars she wants me to transfer to you
Please, I will like you to contact me for further details as this is a very sensitive issue that needs urgent attention from you
Dr. Paul on behalf of
Mrs. Mary Adams