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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Jennifer Amina" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:16:10 +0200
Subject: MY NAME IS JENNIFER, PLEASE HELP ME.
Jennifer Amina.Good Day.
FROM Jennifer Amina.
My E-mail: email@example.com
With tears rolling down my eyes and with total submission to the will of
God Allah, I Choose this means to communicate you because I am sure I will
get in contact with the right person that will be honest to me. You should
not feel pity for me after reading this message, but you should help me.
My name is Jennifer Amina, I am 22 years old girl, and I am from Damascus
Syria. I am studying nursing science in the university of Damascus, before
the war started in Syria. The war in my country Syria has taken many
lives, and rendered many people homeless, I am just a refugee now. Its so
sad that one afternoon I came back home, and see my fathers house
destroyed by bomb by the rebels, and my family were inside the house when
this happened, I lost my two brothers and my father and mother. Since all
my family members has died in war, I see no reason to live and enjoy my
life again. My father was murdered with my mother at the same day.
I truly need your help because I discovered that my father deposited some
money in a bank in London and used me as the next of kin, and I have been
looking for a way to receive the fund from the bank in London. Because of
my current situation, I contacted you to help me and sponsor me to receive
GBP. £.2.000.000.00 Two million great British pounds sterling , which my
father deposited with a bank in London United kingdom, and the bank has
sent me an E-mail yesterday that I should come and claim the money because
I am the only surviving person in my family.
You should click here for more information's about the Syria war:
I suggest that when you receive the money with your bank account, you will
take 40% forty percent of the money for helping me, then you advise me on
how to invest the remaining 60% sixty percent in your country, because the
money will be in your bank account.
Please help me and receive this money, and I will come to your country and
live with you. I am homeless now, and i manage to get access to internet,
no phones network. I am in pains, please I need your urgent help.
My last prayer is that may the soul of my family members rest in peace,
and May they rest in the bosom of God.
Please suggest for me, will you like to receive the fund in your country,
then I will join you in your country, or will you want to finance me to
receive the money then I will join you in your country also.
You should contact me on my E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly contact me with my E-mail at: email@example.com for more
May God bless you and your family !