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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: "Mrs. Roseline Williams" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2016 19:38:52 +0100
I hope this mail meet you in good health, my name is Mr. David Adom, and I write to inquire about an investment opportunity in your country. I seek your indulgence in re-profiling funds, which I want to keep under your supervision. I will appreciate if you do assist me to relocate these fund into your personal or company bank account for investment purposes. This is a genuine business transaction with no risk involved.
By indicating your interest on assurance of trust I will send you the full details and how this business will be executed.
Kindly respond back with your telephone contact details for further discussion.
I await your earliest response.
Mr. David Adom.