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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:
- ",500,000" (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: Me Daniel HALAWI <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Me Daniel HALAWI <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:20:16 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Good days
Â REQUEST FOR PARTNERSHIP
Hello Sir / Madam,In exile worries us away from our country Libya due to the prevailing crisis, my husband and I had committed the transfer of our remaining assets outside of the country after the destruction of everything we have. That is to say that these funds worth six million five thousand (Uss 6,500,000) Dollars that I have now are in a black case and is everything I have.
Actually my name is Colette BOUTHE and I live alone in Benin Republic, weakened by illness and tragic death of my late husband.I offers no support for the political situation is very cloudy with a chance of war civil.
The funds currently staying here in Benin, but my wish is to transfer out of BÃ©nin.I would make sure my project is safe and you make 40% of the total funds after transfer in your country. I would also like to count on you for the design and realization of investment projects after the transfer.
Upon receipt of said message, I pray you to contact my lawyer urgently.
Me Daniel HALAWI Email: email@example.com who will handle the procedure in this partnership application and transfer of funds from you.Â I intend therefore to your promptness and I especially ask you to make good use of those funds when they will be transferred and made available.GOD Bless Our CollaborationThank you and goodbye.Colette BOUTHE
DEMANDE DE PARTENARIAT
Bonjour Madame/Monsieur,Dans le soucis de nous exiler loin de notre pays la Libye du fait de la crise qui prÃ©vaut, mon Ã©poux et moi avions engagÃ© le transfert de nos biens restants hors du pays aprÃ¨s la destruction de tout ce dont nous disposions. C'est Ã dire que ces fonds d'une valeur de Six million cinq mille (6.500.000â¬)euros dont je dispose prÃ©sentement sont dans une mallette noir et est tout se qu'il me reste.
En fait je me nomme Madame Colette BOUTHE et je vis seule en RÃ©publique du BÃ©nin, affaiblie par la maladie et la tragique disparition de mon dÃ©funt Ã©poux.Je ne bÃ©nÃ©ficie d'aucune assistance vue que la situation politique est trÃ¨s trouble avec un risque de guerre civile.
Les fonds sÃ©journent prÃ©sentement ici au BÃ©nin mais mon souhait est de les transfÃ©rer hors du BÃ©nin.Je voudrais vous assurer que mon projet est sans risque et vous consentir 40% de la totalitÃ© des fonds aprÃ¨s leur transfert dans votre pays. Je voudrais aussi compter sur vous pour la conception et la rÃ©alisation de projets d'investissement aprÃ¨s le transfert.
DÃ¨s rÃ©ception du dit message, je vous pries de bien vouloir contacter de toute urgence mon notaire.Me Daniel HALAWI Email:firstname.lastname@example.org qui sâoccupera de la procÃ©dure de cette demande de partenariat et de transfert des fonds auprÃ¨s de vous.Je compte dÃ¨s lors sur votre promptitude et surtout je vous demande de faire un bon usage de ces fonds quand ils vous seront transfÃ©rÃ©s et mis Ã votre disposition.Que DIEU bÃ©nisse Notre CollaborationMerci et Ã bientÃ´t.Mme Colette BOUTHE