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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:
- "huge amount of money" (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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "% will be for you" (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: Umar Abdulmalik <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 15:48:50 +0200
You may be surprised to receive this mail since you dont know me personally, but with due
respect, trust and humility, I write to you this proposal. I am Mr.Umar Abdulmalik, the
elder son of Hamas Abdulziz Abdulmalik of Dafur Sudan. It is indeed my pleasure to contact you for
assistance of a business venture which I intend to establish in your country.
I got your contact while I was doing a private research on the Internet for a reliable
and capable foreign partner that will assist me and my family to transfer fund to his personal or private account for investment purpose Though I have not met with you before,
but considering the recent political instabilities in my country, I believe one has to risk confiding in success sometimes in life.
There is this huge amount of money (Fifteen Million U.S dollars) ($15,000,000.00) which
my late Father deposited with a Financial Security Company in Indonesia awaiting claim
before he was assassinated by unknown persons during this war in Darfur Sudan. Now I have
decided to invest this money in your country or anywhere safe for security and political
reasons. I want you to help me retrieve this money for onward transfer to any designated bank account of your choice for investment purposes on these areas below:
1) Transport Industry
2) Mechanized agriculture.
3} Estate investment
We have to negotiate on what will be offered to you for assisting me to handle this project while 25% will be for you annually from the profit of the partnership company we are to establish .Please, read more on the news. www.savedarfur.org All I require is your honest& kind co-operation. I will give you further details as soon
as you show interest in helping me. I wait for your kind consideration to my proposal.