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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Abdulla Jasim <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Abdulla Jasim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:43:33 +0000 (UTC)
I know this would come as a great surprise to you but I urge you to evaluate this opportunity carefully and then get back to me with an answer. I am Mr Abdulla Jasim from United Arab Emirates, The Auditing and Accounting section manager in (finance institution here in DUBAI) I Hope that you will not expose or betray this trust and confidence that I am about to repose on you for the mutual benefit of our both families. I have a transaction which i will need your assistance because i have know where else to turn to now. It involves the transfer of (USD10.5M) with (350kg of gold) into your account from a bank here. The source of the funds and gold are from my late client who was a companion to former Libyan president Col Muammar Gaddafi and Gaddafi was using him to run transactions globally and the bottom line is that my client was assassinated. I really need your trust and assistance to get these funds and gold transfer to you in your country for our mutual benefits. Email me today for more information on the transaction.