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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mbbb " <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:41:52 -0700
Subject: my subject
I am VICTIMNAME Scott an American soldier currently serving in Syria, I am
working with General Sean MacFarland, the Commander of U.S Army Forces
in Syria for war against Islamic State Militants (TERRORIST) am
contacting you to help me receive the money we recovered on our raids in
Terrorist Camp, I and my colleague recover the money and decided to
share it for our benefit hence I am contacting you to help me receive
the money to be kept in your custody for safe keeping only at this time.
I have carefully packaged the money in a box and have made contact with
a friend who is working with the UNITED NATIONS RED CROSS here in
Damascus. I have told him that the luggage belongs to one of our soldier
that died during the attack but before giving up he told me to make sure
the luggage get to his family.I need someone I can work with on trust
and that is why I contacted you I want to give you the benefit of doubt
that you will not betray me.
If you accept, I will put you forward as the Beneficiary/Owner of the
funds and then the box shall be deposited on your name as the beneficiary
and the Red Cross Agent will deliver the box into your custody anywhere in
the world. I just need your acceptance trust confidentiality and
sincerity, all is done. I have 100% assurance that you will surely receive
the box without any hitch as every arrangement is already made only
looking who to assist me.I am presently in a hospital recovering from
injuries Sustained in a suicide bomb attack, that took place during our
combat with some ISIS Militant.
Once I confirm your interest to my proposal and your positive reply then
will I proceed with the arrangement to move the luggage out of the trouble
area and In less than 7 days the money should be in your safe custody. At
conclusion of the deal I will give you 30% of the total sum
($14.000.000.00) only.Waiting to read from you.
Major VICTIMNAME Scot.