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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:
- "with your full names" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "may come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (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)
- "is highly confidential" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Graca Nelson Mandela" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Graca Nelson Mandela" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:12:20 +0000 (UTC)
How are you
Compliment of the season i know this letter may come to you as a surprise due to the fact that we may have not yet met. I could have notified you about it at least for the sake of your integrity. But please accept my sincere apologies do foresee the surprise this letter will bring to you it comes from me Mrs Graca Machel Nelson Mandela. but rest assured as it comes with the best intention,however I got your contact through a small paper containing your contact E-mail address given to a lady at the Johannesburg chamber of commerce and industries.But after due consideration from your profile,I became aware and assured of your credibility of you handing the trust and my future thus.After my humble decision to solicit for your understanding and co-operation in this transaction, as it will be beneficial but of us.
I am Mrs Graca Machel Nelson Mandela the wife to late Nelson Mandela the former President of South Africa from 1994 till 1999 who pass away on December 5,2013 after long time illness on his physical,As the Third wife of late Nelson Mandela, My late husband deposit cash the trust fund account on my name here in South Africa,for self keepingÂ and as they all know that I am originally from Portuguese East Africa Mozambique he did this because he knew that once He death, the entire families and the ex wifeâs will come toward me for his inheritance, now after his death the whole family have come as my late husband Dr. Nelson Mandela do inform me, it really looks like he know what will happen after his death.
Opposing me that I should hand over the asset to them, and good a thing that when my late husband deposited the money into the trust fund account on my hand we used my son name Mr Malengani Machel, who is currently living here in Johannesburg South Africa, for security reason, my late husband,Nelson Mandela, made this deposit here in South Africa for my family use amount to US$62.7 MILLIONS (sixty Two Millions, Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in cash. This amount of money was deposited into the bank here in South Africa through political diplomatic channels,After his death, I and my son being in Johannesburg, South Africa, decided to transfer this moneyÂ out of South Africa for my family use since it is the only money that my family can lay hand on.
In acknowledgment of executive powers and the various business opportunities in your country, and I want you to be my investment manager,I am requesting your assistance in helping me transfer this money into your company/ personal or business account. For your assistance in this transaction, I offer you 35% of the total sum for compensation. And all other expenses you incur during this operation will be credited to you.
Please do not hesitate to contact my son Malengani Machel or me.All mobility has been put in place concerning this transaction will be made available to you for your safety and as a proof that this money is not from any criminal origin.I must then emphasize that this operation/transaction is highly confidential and is to be kept as such. Kindly provide me with your full names,and poster address and telephone number.Â Â please kindly reply me on my personal E-mail Address (email@example.com)
Mrs Graca Machel Nelson Mandela