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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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 free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Rima Yalda" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2016 15:47:53 +0700
Subject: Contact my lawyer now..
Please understand me deeply. My name is Rima Yalda from Syria. I am 65
years old christian woman. I am the CEO of cAO FARM & SEAFOOD LTD in
Cambodia and Vietnam. When I visited my town in Syria with my family, we
were trapped by the radical islamist militant. My family lives was lost
and left me in a terrible condition as the only survival. I am now trapped
in the Hospital. I am not sure if I will live long. I can't work in my
Yazidi is the city I live in Syria. It is a horrible life here. I have no
family to handle my funds in Cambodia, to be use for charity plans and
humanitarian aid for the homeless Syrian people in Europe and other part
of the world. Also the less privileged, the widows in your country should
be part of the humanitarian aid. This decision was made because I can't go
back to Cambodia anymore. The available money in my bank account is
$11,160.000.00. I want to give you this money. If you are interested in my
plans, 20% of the money will be for your commitment, and without delay to
contact the bank, First' you should contact my lawyer in Cambodia. Email:
email@example.com or number +85510794163 to direct and arrange
everything needed for the bank to release the funds to you.
>From now I can't reply you again. This email was secretly sent to you