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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.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Sandra" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:05:18 -0700
Subject: Hello Friend!!!!
My dear ,
I know that we haven't known or see each other face to face before considering the fact that i saw your contact on internet through the search of trusted person who can assist me urgently and save my life.
my name is Miss Sandra Tubo a 23 years old female from Palestine Western Asia, i am the only daughter of Late Dr Ismail Ochega Tubo, my late father was a successful business man in Palestine but was killed during the war between Israelis and Palestine a few months ago.
I am currently seeking for asylum here in Benin Republic and I am also seeking for assistance of a foreign partner since my late father make it clear to me that he has existing sum of US$10.500.000 [ Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars] which he deposited in a BANK here in Benin Republic. The fund was meant for the purchase of farm Machineries and equipment for other business venture.
But due to the current situation between Gaza and Israel, I became a target by other Israeli business men who knew about my late Fathers asset and decided to take the opportunity to get rid of them totally, but i managed to get out of the country and moved to Benin Republic for asylum seeking. Due to the fact that i am Asylum Seeker (REFUGEE) in this Benin Republic i am not permitted by law of the Benin Republic to some certain rights, such as operating bank accounts, investment, study and other monetary transaction, thus the reason why am asking for your utmost assistance to help me and get the funds in your position by opening bank account on the same bank then the bank will transfer the fund to your account as my foreign partner or the bank will program all the funds in an ATM VISA CARD then send it to you to enable you to have all access to the funds.
Every legal documents for the claim of the funds will be made on your name as the beneficiary, would be processed and submitted to the appropriate offices for the release of the funds to the account you will open with the bank.
so if you consider this proposal and really wish to assist me, please reply immediately, do understand that this fund is for investment purpose and i would like to relocate to your country and you will be in charge of everything, also know that you will stand as a partner and this will be beneficial to both me and you, so please do send me your full details, such as country.., age.., occupation.., full name.. and direct telephone number and we shall discuss further and you can also get me on phone with the Refugee Office number +22998094935 tell rev father Henry to sent for me to receive your call.
Miss. Sandra Tubo
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