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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "urgent assistance" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- "my direct telephone number" (a "direct line" in a scam usually means an untraceable mobile phone number used by a scammer in an internet cafe, a redirection service number that forwards to a mobile or a free voicemailbox in a different country.)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Roseline Nzete <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 04 Dec 2015 18:42:06 +0000
Subject: RE; CAN YOU HANDLE THIS DEAL WITH =?UTF-8?Q?NE=3F=2E?=
Please Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your
personal ethic. By introduction, my Name is, ROSELINE NZETE. From,
Republic of Ivoiry Coast, in West Africa Region. I am working in a bank
as an Internal Auditor with the UBA BANK branch office here in my
country. Please I sent you this message because, I need your emergency
help, supports and urgent assistance for transferring a huge and very
long abandoned deposited money in one of the bank account owned by a
foreign deceased customer. I would love to build up a solid business
relationship trust and foundation with you in time coming if you can be
able to help me in this business.
The amount is the of sum $ 9.5 Million USD. I would like the money to be
used for any good Profitable business investment in your country. I will
reward you with reasonable amount high Percentage if you are fully ready
and interested in this DEAL. This deal is 100% Risk free. It is Real,
Legal, Genuine, Transparent and Legitimate. Your response will determine
if we shall work together to achieve this goal or not. And, your
positive response shall lead to our success in this project if really,
you are honest and sincere. If you have any question to ask me in any
area you do not understand, you are free to ask. Their answers will be
given to you in my next message.
If you are interested, reply back for more detail procedures of the
business on how it will be executed here in our bank without any
problem. You can call me on my direct telephone number at: (
+22505199157 ). Reply me to my personal E-Mail Id for more details
procedures about the business; email@example.com