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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand 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)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: Victoria Umeh <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2015 07:14:22 +0000
Subject: Re-Investment of My Family Inheritance
Re-Investment of My Family Inheritance
This is a Management Placement on behalf of the Family of my late
client. We are looking for an experienced business person/company that
profitably invest funds in excess of Thirty Eight million five hundred
thousand US Dollars ($38.5m) in profitable ventures. Most importantly,
you will be required to:
. Act as the original beneficiary of the funds.
. Receive the funds into a business/private bank account.
. Invest/Manage the funds.
Percentage will be agreed on your role If you prefer to be re-contacted for
more express information, please send
 Full Names:
 Contact address:
 Direct Telephone No:
We expect your correspondence and our response will be swift.
Barrister Victoria Umeh