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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:
- "the consignment" (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)
- "consignment " (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)
- "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)
- "urgent assistance" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Hashim Ghazi <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2015 08:47:11 +0800
Subject: Urgent Deal For You.
Read carefully and reply immediately:
I am Hashim Ghazi from West Africa - Burkina Faso. I need your urgent
assistance to finalize a deal that involves: US$6.4 Million Dollars
which supposedly deliver to my partner in Syria through Diplomatic
Means, unfortunately the Courier Service Agent we hired to deliver the
consignment is been intercepted by the Syrian authorities due to the
situation there at the moment.
Notwithstanding, the delivery Agent is threatening to return back the
consignment which is inappropriate for us due to changing of
government recently in my country so I have discussed with my partner
in Syria whom have instructed me to look for reliable person to
receive the money on his behalf from the Agent who is currently in
Briefly, the money was part of the cash prepared for our election
campaigns unfortunately our party restricted to participate the
election held 29th November 2015 that elected opposition leader as new
President after popular uprising that topple our leader President
Blaise Compaore who supposedly leading our party.
As I mentioned here above, it is not secure for the money to return
back due to change of government so let me know if you can handling
the deal faster. We agree to offer you 25% from the total fund if you
are interested and ready meet the delivery Agent to secure the deal.
To avoid any further delay, send me the information listed below to
facilitate introduction between you and the Agent on how he will
deliver the consignment to you in your country.
Private phone number:............................
Finally, as soon as I receive the above mentioned information's, I
will send you the Agent contact to negotiate with him on how he will
deliver the diplomatic parkage that contains the money to you without
any further delay. Call me after replying this mail for my urgent
attention. Thank you.
Dr. Hashim Ghazi
Tel: +226 72931138