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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- sincerely by my private email address email@example.com please do keep this only to your self, i beg you not to (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Princess Vivian <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 06:22:22 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: My sincere greetings to you
My sincere greetings to you, Please permit me to introduce myself, My name is Vivian Justin Yak, 24years old female (single) originated from Sudan. I appeal to you to exercise a little patience and read through my letter although, we have neither met in person but I decided to contact you personally for a long term business relationship and investment assistance in your country.
My father Dr. Justin Yak Arop was the former Minister for SPLA Affairs and Special Adviser to President Salva Kiir of South Sudan for Decentralization.
My father Dr. Justin Yak and my mother including other top Military officers and top
government officials had been on board when the plane crashed on Friday May 02, 2008. My late Father Dr. Justin Yak was an investor, he invested his fund to stock exchange market, Gold storing investment, he was a preference shareholder in Shell Petroleum Company and deals in Real Estate building investment.
I have chosen to contact you after my prayers and I believe that you will not betray my trust. But rather take me as your own sister. Though you may wonder why I am so soon revealing myself to you without knowing you, well, I will say that my mind convinced me that you are the true person to help me. I want you to stand as my trustee and clear my inheritance fund to your Bank account for investment purpose while I will spend the rest of my life with you after the transfer.
More so, I will like to disclose much to you if you can help me to relocate to your country because my uncle has threatened to assassinate me. The amount is $12.8 Million and I have confirmed from the bank. You will also help me to place the money in a more profitable business venture in your Country. However, you will help by recommending a nice University in your country so that I can complete my studies.
It is my intention to compensate you with 25% of the total money for your services while 5% will be for any expense that may occur during the process and the balance shall be my capital in your establishment.
I have no knowledge of international transaction of this nature but it occurred to me that transfer of this type must involve expenditure.
As soon as I receive your interest in helping me, I will put things into action immediately. In
the light of the above, I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely by my private email address email@example.com
Please do keep this only to your self, I beg you not to disclose it till i come over because I am afraid of my wicked uncle who has threatened to kill me.
Vivian Justin Yak.firstname.lastname@example.org