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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:
- "million us dollars" (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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Ms. Danis Kantanga" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 12:44:40 +0300
Subject: PLEASE I NEED YOUR URGENT RESPONSE
I am the wife of Germaine Katanga, the rebel of Congo D.R.C, who has been imprisoned by ICC at The Hague. Since the imprisonment of my husband,me with two children and family has been oppressed by the present Government of the Country, and we are currently placed under house arrest, after most of Katanga’s assets have been freezes by the Government.
I visited to see my husband in prison and to discuss issues about the family,
and my husband revealed to me that he has a clean deposit of 150kgs of gold bars/cash of $5 Million US Dollars in safe custody, and he advised me to leave Congo D.R.C, to Kenya where l can discuss with reputable firm or individual who can manage an investments outside Africa, and he has given me information of the custodian office
This is why I have contacted you to discuss on the business. For clear evidence of the ICC case, kindly log in to the ICC case file to watch the jail sentence by ICC thus: If the family investment appeal interests you to assist, send me your acceptance letter with your company/telephone and ID info to discuss.
Ms. Danis Kantanga.