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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "PRIVATE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "PRIVATE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY" <Mrbenmartins2012@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:45:55 -0300
Subject: private Investment Opportunity
From: Mr.Dikobe Ben martins
No.37/9 main Street Table view
Cape Town South Africa
CONFIDENTIAL INVESTMENT PROPOSAL
I, M A CHARTERT ACCOUNTANT .Dikobe Ben martins, a financial investment
consultant based in Cape Town South Africa. On behalf of my client I was
requested to submitted this document, Fellow (a widow) Mrs. Mphephu
Ngwenyama, she is the 3rd wife of The Late former Dr Hlengani Moyana
medical praticianal and businessman who suddenly died on the 6th dec 2009
and she is now residing in Cape Town South Africa and she has
(USDM105,700,000.00 ) One Hundred And Five Million Seven Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars with a Private Equity Investment Trust Company which
her husband deposited to the security company here for safe keeping only.
She wishes to invest in a stable economy outside South Africa and her
interest is in companies with potentials for rapid growth in long terms. My
client is interested in placing part of her funds into your franchise or
private businesses as silence shareholder, in return of profitable margin,
if your country's bi-laws allow foreign Investors/ investment. You can
contact me for more details via my mobile Phone or e-mail with your
Please on the reply of this Letter for confidentiality I will kindly advice
that you reply me through my email: Mrbenmartins2012@hotmail.com
Note: The only legit company will the funds will be avail to. With financial
report quarterly be submitted on profit.
Mr.Dikobe Ben Martins.
N.B.Please my client mobile number and you can contact her she is the 3rd
wife of The Late Mrs. Mphephu Ngwenyama on FAX :086-5181-093