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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "i got your email address from " (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- This email message is a "dying merchant" scam.
- 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: "Mrs. AGS SALOMI ANNAMIKKYACUBU" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:28:28 -0400
Subject: I need your urgent assistance.
As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday, and am contacting you because i really do need your help, and i want you to help me with all your effort and time for just seven to Ten workings days of your time. I want you to be honest and truthful with me that you will help me with my last wish as a dying woman
My name is Mrs. AGS SALOMI ANNAMIKKYACUBU, I am terminally ill and bed ridden, I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer Having accepted my condition I decided to entrust some money I have (US$ 4.5 Million) deposited in UBA Bank to either a philanthropic organization or devoted individual that will utilize this money for charitable activities. 30% of the money is allocated to you, to ensure that you are prepared for the task; the balance 70% of this money will be used by you in all sincerity to fund philanthropic organization, orphanages.
I am taking this decision because I don't have any child or devoted relations whose behavior has left much to be desired and above all I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner, hence my bold decision to contact you, a total stranger. Since my health is regressing by the minute, you will have to tell me a little about yourself, because I got your email address from the Internet.
With the information, I will make arrangement to prepare the Authorization through an Attorney for you to get possession of the Deposit. I will give you the name and contact of the bank where the money is lodged in thereafter, so you can claim the funds.
Until I hear from you, I pray that this letter bring you and your family good tidings.You can get back to me through this Emailaddress email@example.com
God be with you.
Mrs. AGS SALOMI ANNAMIKKYACUBU