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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: "mrs.aisha abu" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:47:56 -0800
Subject: Waiting to hear from you soonest
I am Aisha Abu Minyar, I am offering you a partnership proposal in a
classified monetary transaction, which involves the need to secretly
relocate and secures some of our family funds concealed in a special
escrow dormant holding with a financial services company in Europe. I
am in a very difficult situation and I must immediately relocate this
fund for safety and investments purposes..i assure you that you will
not spend any cent on this transaction.
More so, this must be done in such a way that it must not be tied to
me as a result of my father's death and politics circumstances. More
details of the transaction will be disclosed to you once you can
assure me that you can be trusted to handle this. Honesty and trust is
what I am in quest of, so therefore your assurance of confidentiality
and trust will be highly appreciated. For further clarification.
Waiting to hear from you soonest
Aisha Abu Minyar