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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:
- "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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Mr Nobuyuki Hirano <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:46:33 +0100
Subject: I hope this proposal meet you in good state of health
I hope this proposal meets you in a good state of health.
Please can you help me re-profile fund? I am Mr Nobuyuki Hirano, President and CEO of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. You can read about my Biography here: http://www.4-traders.com/business-leaders/Nobuyuki-Hirano-0676SZ-E/biography/
A sum of $23,200,000.00 USD (Twenty three million, two Hundred Thousand dollars) was deposited by my Late customer (Fadel Ahmed) who died without declaring any next of kin before his death in 2009.
My suggestion to you is to stand as the next of kin to Fadel Ahmed. We shall share in the ratio of 50% for me, 50% for you. Contact me via this e- mail: email@example.com
Please let me know your interest on this subject matter