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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:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: Saeed Abdulrazaq <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2016 09:19:04 -0800
Subject: Regarding Compensation
I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund
transferred to Asia with the help of my new partner,Presently I'm in
Jakarta Indonesia for investment projects with my own share of the
total sum. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts
to assist me in transferring the funds despite that it failed us some
how.Now contact my secretary with below contact details for your
+234-708 324 4858
Ask him to send you the total sum of $850.000.00 (Eight Hundred and
Fifty Thousand US Dollars) which I kept for your compensation for all
the past efforts and attempts to assist me.
Please do let me know immediately you receive the draft containing the
money so that we can share the joy together after all the sufferings
at that time. at the moment I am very busy here in Jakarta because of
the investment projects i have at hand with my new partner,feel free
to get in touch with Mr.Mark Ugo and send him the needed information
to enable him send the draft to you without any delay.
With My Best Regards,