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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:
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 20:28:19 -1200
Subject: Gold Bars
Greetings, my name is Peter Wanaga .I am making this contact to you in good faith and hope that it will transpire into mutual relationship for now and in future to come .I am the eldest son of late Mr. Joseph Wanaga a former gold and diamond merchant and also a known politician in my country Zimbabwe. My father was a fierce critic of Mugabe administration and also against his ills against the white farmers and seizures of their farms and because of that he was murdered. My father with other top government officials was accused of financial loss and detained by the Mugabe secret police, unfortunately he died in the detention but we know he was murdered while in custody and after his death the government has been accusing my family with strange accusation. At first I thought it was a political vendetta from my father's political opponents but I was wrong, then they froze all our bank accounts known to them, hoping that we will starve to death. Why can't we all live in peace? Since i can't do anything in my position here for now, this is where i employ you to come in for the remaining deposited fund un-disclosed and un-known to Mugabe government and his wicked secret police and help me and my sister for the following.
1.To assist me and my sister transfer and receive our father gold deposit which was deposited in Ghana under your custody and help us move from the safe house in Ghana where we are currently and join you in your country. Note that we are in a safe place because of the persecution we are facing currently from the militia and government back in Zimbabwe and that is why we will want you to handle this process on our behalf as we supply you with detail concerning the certificate of deposit to have a successful transfer.
2.To assist us purchase a living house (home) in your country, where I and my sister can come over to further her education for safety. The gold deposit is worth Millions united state dollars (2,650kg) in current gold price and it was deposited by our father who is now deceased. We want to give you the details and contact information to make contact with the security firm here in Ghana for the transfer of the gold.
We need you to stand as our benefactor and help us transfer this gold and also help us leave the safe house here in Ghana and join you in your country. My 13 years old sister and I will be coming over to your country once the gold or her equivalent in fund has been transferred and receive by you in trust. The essence of this mail is to open up communication with you to enable us know each other as regards to our plan to relocate and invest this huge fund judiciously with you in your company or country. Furthermore, am ready to release the documents to you and the authority to perfect you on this deal as the bonifide family foreign Investor to claim the deposited fund,because there is no way i can present myself now due to the mysterious death of our father and the constant monitoring of us by Zimbabwean secret police.
This funds will be transferred for investment purpose in a very lucrative business ventures. Please contact to let me know you received my email and willing to help us. I and my sister will compensate you with 20% of the fund for your help, all we need from you is your trust and cooperation and accept us as family and to work with the deposited firm to receive the gold and assist us in coming to your country soon after and everything will be done in a well legal means 100% risk free.
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