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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: Ahmed Sayid <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Ahmed Sayid <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:22:35 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear Sir
Greetings in name of the almighty Allah
My Name is Ahmed Timta Sayid the only child of Mr. Hakeem Sayid we are originally from Sudan,
In brief, my father was an Oil merchant and a contractor in Syria for so many years He married a Syrian, During the beginning of the crisis in Syria we relocated back to Africa in Cote d`Ivoire, My father told me and my mother his interest in exporting cocoa and rubber products to Europe and Asia as it is of high demand there.
After his conclusion, My father on that faithful day went to Syria on a business discussion and was involved in a bomb blast incident in a Railway Station in Syria, He never returned to us.
On the outbreak of this sudden death my mother took ill and has been in a bad state until few months ago she died of a prostate Cancer and high blood pressure.
Before my mother`s death she told me in confidence in her sick bed of my father`s deposit of a sum totaling Seven Million, Five Hundred Thousand Euros in one of the banks in Europe,
She gave me the lodgment receipt which i have already confirmed with the bank in Europe
Now i have a problem, As the next of kin to this money i need to move the funds to a trusted hands to avoid me loosing this money based on Syrians reputation and sanctions. I have no one to help me here after the death of my mother I am all alone in this French land
Please i need your help to assist me get the money out from the bank to your country or any safe place, Secondly to get me over to your country so that i will start a new life like every other child i am only 17 years and will turn 18 by June next year.
Please, this transaction is no joke but i need someone whom i can trust or call my own parent.
If you want to assist me kindly send to my your full names and address, private telephone. Once i hear from you i will introduce you to the bank so that you make contact with them on the transfer please all i need is your trust I hope to hear from you
Call me +22544470755