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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Princess Juliet Etiebet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Princess Juliet Etiebet <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:41:48 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Good day and Compliments,
Â Hello Dear,
Good day and Compliments,
I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is the wish of God for you to help me and my family, God almighty will bless and
reward you abundantly. My family and I are true Christians and worship's God truthfully.I got your contact through Internet during my research on someone who could help us.
I am a female student of University of Benin Cotonue. I am 22 yrs old,I would like to build up a solid foundation with you in time coming if you will be able to help me in this transaction. Well, my father diedearlier two months ago and left my mother I and my junior brother behind.He was a king, which our town citizens titled him before his death.I was a Princess to him and I and my brother are the only people who can take Care of his wealth now,because my mother is not literate enough to know all my father's wealth he left behind.
He left up to USD 27,350,000.00(TWENTY SEVEN MILLION, THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND US DOLLARS) with a security firm,and I don't know how and what I will do to invest this money somewhere in abroad,so that my father's kindred will not take over what belongs to my father and our family,which they were planning to do without my consent, because I am a female as stated by our culture.
That is why I felt happy when I saw your contact which I strongly believe that by the grace of God, you will help me secure and invest thismoney. I thereby need your help in claiming the funds out from the Finance and security company, based on your reply, I will furnish you with moredetails on how we can proceed.
I am ready to pay 20% of the total amount to you, if you help us in securing this money and another 10% interest of Annual Income to you, forhandling this business for us, which you will strongly have absolute controlover.If you can handle this project sincerely and also willing to assist mein lifting this fund, kindly reach me and I will let you know the next step to take towards actualizing this transaction as quick as possible.Please, note that this transaction is 100% risk free.
I look forward hearing from you soonest.