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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:
- "waiting for your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Celine Tagro <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Celine Tagro <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:20:06 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello My Dear,
Hello My Dear,
it is my pleasure to contact you after going through your profile.I
expect that you are not going to let down this trust am about to repose
on you for the fact that we have not yet known or written to each other
before. Though I will not compel you to honor this proposal,against your
will, but first let me introduce myself to you.
My name is Miss.
Celine Tagro from Ivory Coast West Africa.I am the only child of my
late parents and that has made me to run away from our family house
because my uncles and my step mother is after my life as they want to
have full access to my inheritance.
My dream is to find somebody
overseas whom I can trust with my future life and inheritance, also who
can be able to assist me for relocation abroad and also assist me in my
investment plans abroad. I am seriously searching for a very reliable
person, who will assist me in this investment plans over there.
have some reasonable amount worth 2.500,000$ USD which I inherited from
my late father who was a traditional ruler and an international
business man before his sudden death.Presently I am ready to relocate
out of this country and come over there to your area,in order to secure a
resident permit and investment establishment in luctrative avenues.I
wish to invest in areas like (Hospital Equipment, Transportation,
Agricultural Project and Real Estate).
I need to invest the money
in your base because of my the political instability here.Please your
assistance is highly needed to enable me achieve my educational career
in your country.
Your urgent response is needed so that I will
give you full details on my plans for relocating to your country for
these establishment.Please should in case if you are not in a good
position to work with me on this aspect.I will appreciate you inform me
waiting for your urgent response.