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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)
- "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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "ALI IBRAHIM" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 09:24:30 +0500 (PKT)
Subject: GET BACK TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
With a very desperate need for assistance, I have summed up courage to
I am from (will disclose this later),presently working in Iraq with an
international organization that
I will also disclose later, I found your contact particulars in an address
journal.I am seeking your assistance \
to evacuate the sum of (US$18.523 Million Dollars) Eighteen Million, five
Hundred And Twenty Three
Thousand US Dollars to your country or any other safe country of your
choice, as far as I can be assured
that my share will be safe in your care untill I complete my service
here,this is no stolen money,and there
are no dangers involved. SOURCE OF MONEY:
Some money in various currencies was discovered concealed in barrels with
piles of weapons and
ammunitions at a location near one of Saddam,s old palaces during a rescue
operation, and it was
agreed by all party present that the money be shared amongst us, this was
quite an illegal thing to do,
but I tell you what? no compensation can make up for the risks we have
taken with our lives in this
hell hole. The above figure was given to me as my share, and to conceal
this kind of money became
a problem for me, so with the help of a German contact working here, and
his office enjoys some
immunity, I was able to get the package out to a safe cation entirely out
of trouble spot. He does not
know the real contents of the package, and believes that it belongs to an
Asian/American who died in
an air raid, and before giving up, trusted me to hand over the package to
his business associate.
I have now found a secured way of getting the package out to a safer
country for you to pick up,
and will discuss this with you when I am sure that you are willing to
assist me.One passionate appeal
I will make to you is not to discuss this matter with a third party,
should you have reasons to reject this
offer, please destroy this mail as any leakage of this information will be
too bad for us.I do not know for
how long we will remain here, and I have survived 6 suicide bomb attacks
by the special grace of God,
this and other reasons I will mention later has prompted me to reach out
for help, I honestly want this
matter to be resolved immediately. kindly fill up this requirements like:
Your full name:
Contact phone number:
Mr Ali Ibrahim