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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- +447031984071 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Abu Shaariaya" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2015 10:25:32 -0500
I am Mr Abu Shaariaya, a Senior Accountant/London-based private wealth
manager working for Col. Muammar Gaddafi who was killed by the Libya
National Transitional Council (NTC) in an 8-month civil war. I manage
most of his private assets in United Kingdom, due to the civil war in
Libya which escalate that the government of United Kingdom wants to
freeze Col. Muammar Gaddafi's assets here. Then as his private wealth
manager, I was in position £55m which was the money gotten from ourlast
oil deal before his death and I want to use my influence and position to
remit the sum of £35m (Thirty Five Million Great British Pounds) to your
account. I will obtain all the legal approvals of this
fund to make it possible to your nominated account.
The fund was not deposited under his name for security reason. We
usually, deposited the fund under AMF( ARAB MONETARY FUND ORGANIZATION )
as PRECIOUS METALS OF VALUE (GOLD). My name is among the List of
Blacklisted Libyans who were declared to be fugitives, for the avoidance
of doubt, you can copy this link and past,look at the No-3 you will
find my name and
other.(http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/Libyans.pdf ) I
will give you the mode of operation upon your swift positive response
once I hear
from you via my Email below.
Mr Abu Shaariaya.