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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 message is a orphan scam.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: paulking <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:40:11 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Compliment of the season
Compliment of the season ,
My name isÂ Paul King , 20 years old the only child of Mr. and Mr.âs Daniel Jean , I am from a country call TOGO REPUBLIC IN WEST AFRICA , my mother died when I was just 4 years old and since then my father took me so special.
My father was a very rich man here in this country during his days , He was a dealer of Gold business and has a lot of land properties here in the Lome city TOGO , but it is sad to tell you that my father died 8 months ago , His family brothers poison him to death because they where envy of his wealth, My father suffer the poison illness for 7 days at the hospital and letter died , before the death of my father at the hospital He told me about someÂ money $3,500.000 Three million and five hundred thousand united sate dollars which he deposited in a bankÂ with my name as the next of Kin, dear I have all the documents of the deposit with me here now , after the burial of my father His family membersÂ seize all his properties and left nothing for me , all that remains for me now is only this money at the bank ,Â but because of this money they started planning how to kill/Assassinate me so that they will take the documents and claim the money at the bank ,when i discover their evil plan against me I ran away from our home and now am hiding out at a church in village here so that my life will be save .
please save my life from this wicked people , I want you to help me claim this money out from the bank and transfer it to your account , so that I will come over there to stay with you and your family and continue my education again , this is why I contacted you for the first time, I need your urgent help now to come out of this situation , I am going through a difficult situation here nowÂ , I am really tired of staying here without parents and no rest of mind , please help me , if you are ready to help me out from this situation reply me back immediately so that I will give you more detail about the fund.
I am waiting to hear from you as soon as you read my massage,Â Email.email@example.comÂ
My best regards to you.