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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:
- "transfer into your account" (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 orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Miss Jedah Abed Fattah" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 02:15:04 +0100
Subject: In Love And Trust
I am writing this mail with tears and sorrow to seek for your assistance regards to my situation since the death of my parents.
My name is Ms Jedah Abed Fattah Younes,19yrs old,originated from Benghazi-Libya,North Africa. My late Father General Abed Fattah Younes who was shot death by Islamist-linked militia within the Anti-Gaddafi forces on 28th July,2011. The brutal killing of my Mother and my kid sister took place a week later after the death of my father.
I am now writing to seek for your kind help from my present location which is Benin Republic where i managed to escape to through the help of the United Nation,and now seeking asylum in refugee camp here in Benin,Meanwhile,the main reason why i am seeking for your assistance is because of some money my late parents deposited in one of the Security/Financial company here in Benin republic of which I am the next of kin but since i am underage i decided to contact you assist me lay claim of the money.The amount in question is usd15.5 million only,i need you to stand as my trustee so that the money will be released to you for immediate transfer into your account. You will retain 30% of the entire proceed for your involvement as you will also help me invest the money into a very lucrative business in your country until am matured enough to handle the money myself. More details will be available for you as soon as i receive positive respond from you.
Miss Jedah Abed Fattah