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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "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)
- "% will be for you" (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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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: Thomason Wilcox <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:11:07 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Business investment
From: Mr. Thomason WilcoxContact Email: email@example.comAltenative email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTel:+27 74 205 73 99Dear Sir/madam You may be surprise to receive thismail since you donât know me personally, but with due Respect, trust andhumility, I write to you this proposal. I am Mr.thomason Wilcox , the elder sonof Hamas wilcox of Dafur Sudan. It is indeed my pleasure to contact you forassistance of a business venture which I intend to establish in your country. Â I got your contact while I was doinga private research on the Internet for a reliableand capable foreign partner thatwill assist me and my family to transfer fund to his Personal or privateaccount for investment purpose Though I have not met with you before, butconsidering the recent political instabilities in my country, I believe one hasto risk confiding in success sometimes in life.There is this huge amount ofmoney (Fifteen Million U.S dollars) Â ($15,000,000.00) which my late Fatherdeposited with a Financial Security Company in South Africa awaiting Claimbefore he was assassinated by unknown persons during this war in Darfur Sudan.Now I have decided to invest this money in yourcountry or anywhere safe for security and political reasons. I want you to helpme retrieve this money for onward transfer to any designated bank account ofyour choice for investment purposes on these areas below:1) Transport Industry2) Mechanized agriculture.3} Estate investmentWe have to negotiate on what will beoffered to you for assisting me to handle thisProject while 25% will be for youannually from the profit of the partnership company we are to establish.Please, read more on the news. www.savedarfur.org All I require is your honest&kind co-operation. I will give you further details as soon as you show interestin helping me. I wait for your kind considerationto my proposal ContactEmail: email@example.comÂ Altenative email:firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ Best Regards, Mr Thomason Wilcox Tel:+27 74205 73 99Â Â