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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:
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- "your humble assistance" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Marcy Mustufa <hi.@ninus.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: Marcy Mustufa <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 19:12:40 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good Day To You,
Endeavor to use the Fund as i stated herein!!!
With Due Respect and Humility, I was compelled to write you under a humanitarian ground. My name is Princess Marcy Ebrahim I am 25yrs old, From Republic of Benin, I am single and the Daughter of to late H.R.H King Mustufa Ebrahim from Porto Novo Republic of Benin West Africa. I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is the wish of God for you to help me and my family, God almighty will bless and reward you abundantly and you would never re-great this.
I am a female student from UniversitÃ© des Sciences, Arts et Techniques de Natitingou . My father died years ago and left I and my junior brother behind. He was a king, which our town citizens titled him over sixteen years ago before his death. I was a princess to him and my mother is not literate enough to know my father's entire wealth.
He left the sum of USD ($6.500.000.00US) Six Million Five Hundred thousand dollars. In a security company, this money was annually paid into my late fathers account from the Gold mining company and Cotton processing Company operating in our locality for the compensation of youth and community development in our jurisdiction.I don't know somewhere in abroad to invest the money so that my father's kindred will not take over what belongs to my father and our family because Iâm a female according to our African tradition.
Now, I urgently need your humble assistance to move this money from the security company to your bank account that is why I felt happy when I saw your contact because of strongly believe that by the grace of God, you will help me invest this money wisely.
I am ready to give you 45% from the total amount to you if you can help us in this transaction and another 10% interest of annual after Income to you, for handling this transaction for us, which you will strongly have absolute control over. If you can handle this project sincerely and also willing to assist me in lifting this money to your country, kindly reach me.
Please, note that this transaction is 100% risk free and I hope to start the transaction as quick as possible,
Princess Marcy Ebrahim