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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:
- "a security company " (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "consignment " (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 next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Capt Kate Carr Lee" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:38:01 +0100
Subject: New Message
I know you will be surprised to read my email.Am an american citizen, apart from being surprise you may be skeptical to reply me because based on what is happening on the internet world, one has to be very careful because a lot of scammers are out there to scam innocent citizens and this has made it very difficult for people to believe anything that comes through the internet but this is a different case. lf you are willing to show me your honesty and trust, I think I will be able to trust and work with you. I am an American and you should be rest assured that I cannot be involved in scam My name is Capt. Carr Kate Lee, a member of the U.S. ARMY medical team, Just deployed to Iraq Because of the ISIS Problem.
I just discover two trunk of consignment boxes containing America $100 i know you must have been reading mail like this on the intent but i want you to understand that at of 100 one can be truth. I have deposited two consignment boxes with a security company in Iraq. Am looking for a trust worthy individual who will assist me received the fund before i come over and join him as soon as the fund get into your hand. Please, I want this to be between me and you Since I am still in the army.To Prove my sincerity, you are not sending me any money. Because most of this scam is about sending money.
Though, I would like to hold back some information's for security reasons for now until you have found time to visit the website stated below to enable you have an insight into what I intend sharing with you, believing that it would be of your desired interest one-way or the other.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_military_intervention_against_ISIS www.cnn.com/2014/08/08/world/iraq-options www.cnn.com/2014/08/20/world/meast/iraq-crisis/Also, could you get back to me having visited the above website to enable us discuss in a more clarifying manner to the best of your understanding. I must say that I'm very uncomfortable sending this message to you without knowing truly if you would misconstrue the importance and decides to go public. In this regards, I will not hold back to say that the essence of this message is strictly for mutual benefit between you and I and nothing more. I will be vivid and coherent in my next message in this regards, meanwhile, could you send me an email confirming that you have visited the site and that you have understood my intentions? I would like you to get back to me with with the following information's;
1. Full Name
5. Your Telephone Number
As soon as i received these information i will get back to you. I will await your reply via my email.
Capt. Carr Kate Lee
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