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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:
- "million us dollars" (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 orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Raphael Kama <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Raphael Kama <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:18:33 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Urgent reply
>From Mr Raphael Kama Vincent
Enquiry of Investment with you
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you through my late father inheritance. I got your contact from the International web site directory through online trade 2014 site when i was browsing to get a good investor in your country web Trade.
I am Mr Raphael Vincent and my junior sister Juliet Vincent, the only child and daughter of late Mr and Mrs Chief Vincent Kama. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant Gold and Mining Engr, before he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outing to discus on a business deal at hotel.
Meanwhile.when my mother died on the 6th August 2006, my father took us special because we are motherless. Before the death of my father on 30th of June 2012 in a private hospital , When he started saying that his not sure if he will survive the critical condition of his health, he secretly called me on his bedside and told me that he has a sum of FIFTEEN Million US Dollars ($15.000.000.00) left in a suspense account in a Bank which he planned to invest in EU zone, that he used my name as his only Son for the next of kin in deposit of the fund and handed all the deposit documents to me.he instructed me to seek for a very good foreign partner to help us transfer and invest the fund in a good business.
Please, I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways. 1)To receive the money for me in your account by providing a Bank account where this money would be transferred to.
2)To serve as the guardian of this since I am a boy of 17 years and I do not have business experience.
3)To help me come over to your country as soon as the money is transferred to your account so that we will continue our education and a new life.
We have it in mind to give you 10% of the total sum(15 million US Dollars), and 10% share in any investment we will embark upon if you assist us. We will also set aside 5% of the funds for ancillary expenses which you will make in course of this transaction- fax messages, phone calls etc.
This fortune we have revealed to you should remain confidential as it only you who we have told about it if your willing for the business.
Anticipating to hear from you quick please
Thanks and God Bless.
Mr Raphael and Juliet Vincent