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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: Hon Ndudi Elumelu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:22:44 -0800
Subject: From Hon Ndudi Elumelu /// Based On Trust ...It's 100% risk free..
I have a Mutual/Beneficial Business Project for you worth millions of
1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust ?
Please note that this deal require high level of maturity, honesty and
secrecy because this Involves moving or Siphoning some money from my
office, on trust to your hands or bank account. Also note that i will do
everything to make sure that the money is moved as a purely legitimate
fund, so you will not be exposed to any risk.
I am quite aware that there are a lot of Scams and Advance Fee Fraudsters
all over the Internet so to have your full trust, I request for your full
co-operation and compliance .Please as soon as i hear from you, I will give
you the full details and procedure when i get your response.
I await your instructions.
Hon Ndudi Elumelu.