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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 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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Fazilah Kerieme <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Fazilah Kerieme <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:42:40 +0900 (JST)
contacting you based on your good profiles I read and for a good
reasons, I am in search of a property to buy in your country as I
intended to come over to your
country for investment, Though I have
not met with you before but I believe that one has to risk confiding in
someone to succeed sometimes in life.
My name is MRs Fazilah
Kerieme . My late husband deals on Crude Oil with Federal Government of
Sudan and he has a personal Oil firm in Bentiu Oil zone town and Upper
city. What I have experience physically, I don't wish to experience it
again in my life due to the recent civil Ethnic war cause by our
President Mr. Salva Kiir
and the rebel leader Mr Riek Machar, I have
been Under United Nation refuge camp in chad to save my life and that of
my little daughter.
Though, I do not know how you will feel
to my proposal, but the truth is that I sneeked into Chad our
neighbouring country where I am living now as a refugee.
with my little daughter when the rebels bust into our house on
21/04/2014 and killed my husband as one of the big oil dealers in the
country, ever since then, I have being on the run.
I left my
country and move to Chad our neighbouring contry with the little
ceasefire we had, due to the face to face peace meeting accord
cordinated by the US Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry and United
Nations in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) between our President Mr Salva Kiir
and the rebel leader Mr Riek Machar to stop this war.
I want to
solicit for your partnership with trust to invest the $8 million
dollars deposited by my late husband in London in your country because
my life is no longer safe in our coutry, since the rebels are looking
for the families of all the oil business men in the country to kill,
saying that they are they one that is milking the country dry.
I will offer you 30% of the total fund for your help while I will partner with you for the investment in your country.
If I get your reply, I will give you my Skype ID so that we can communicate directly.
I will wait to hear from you so as to give you details.
With love from