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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Fisher" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2015 12:28:02 -0500
Subject: I am still waiting for your email..
Dear Friend ,
My name is Mr Richard Fisher from Federal reserve Texas district.I contacted you i look up your profile that you have the same last name with our late customer.I will like us to handle a transaction of $56 Million Dollar,that have be abandon for years by our late customer. Since i work in Federal reserve,i want us to legally move the money out from the sundry account as the beneficiary as an inheritance claim since you have the same last name with our late customer.Please do not disclose this to any one, as you most understand that my job and reputation is involve. Most of the top bank officer make there money through this kind of deal.This is the second time and send you this email and you did not respond. Please respond.
We will share the money 50/50% if the fund have be release to you.Please i dont want you to tell any one about this.I will send you my cell phone number and id card.Please i want to trust you on this transaction.I hope you are capable of handling this transaction ? Most of the bank officer,make there money through this medium.This is just the first transaction.If i can trust you on this, we will do more business deal.I do not want to talk about this on the phone,We will like to send each other sms on my personal cell phone number for more detail as for further instruction how to proceed on this.
Awaiting your prompt respond.