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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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: ""FROM Ms Bella"" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:39:41 +0100
Subject: Please kindly receive this message with due RESPECT.
Dear greetings to you.
Please kindly receive this message with due RESPECT.
I am soliciting for your assistance to save my life that is
in danger because of money, ($7.6 millions), I inherited
from my late father. I am 21 years old girl from Ivory
Coast, I am presently at the Benin Republic now for my
safety. My late father was a coffee and cocoa beans exporter
when he was alive. He was poisoned to death by my
stepmother, he died last November 18th, 2014. Since after
the painful death of my late father, my step-mother was
desperately after my life because of this money.
Please I want you to be my Guardian. I need your maximum
assistance to transfer this money into any safe bank account
you can provide for me and to help me to invest the money
into business investment you can manage on my behalf while I
continued my studies in any best school. I will like to
offer you 30% of this money for your kind assistance and you
will help me to invest and mange the remaining 70% into any
secured investment you can approve. I want you to receive me
and help me as your own daughter and as your family member
to protect my right and my interest with fear of God as I
want to entrust you with all my heart to support me to
archive a better future under your guardian . I will give
you more details as soon as I receive your reply to: email@example.com
Best Regards,Ms Bella Mondo