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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:
- "i got your address from " (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: dericah akot <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:07:51 +0100
Subject: Dearest Friend,
My name is Mrs Dericah Arroyo Akoto.I know you don't know me,but I got
address from my search for a reliable and trusted partner here and i
decided to make you my friend because we bear the same believe which is
divine to be of the same believes.
I recently I was diagnosed with cancer and the doctors don't give me
much time to live again.
Based on this, i decided not looking for pity, but I am looking for
would like to distribute my funds USD$12.5M) and 31 Kilos of gold to
charity organizations and also to invest part in your country through
someone that I can trust.
I propose 30% to you for your assistance.If you would be interested in
an opportunity, please respond and I can send you further details
email me please.