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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:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "the consignment" (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)
- "consignment " (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)
- "million united states 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.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- of the sudan darfur. my son email address: firstname.lastname@example.org dear sir/madam my name is mrs. bama fatima ismail; i know (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 01:08:28 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: FROM: MRS BAMA FATIMA ISMAIL.
FROM: MRS BAMA FATIMA ISMAIL.
FROM :Republic of the SUDAN DARFUR.
My Son Email address: email@example.com
My Name is Mrs. Bama Fatima Ismail; I know this will be a surprise to you. Please consider this message as a request from a family in dares need of your help. I am the Wife of Late Mr. Louis Ismail, from Sudan Darfur. My husband Late Mr. Louis Ismail was the owner of Ismail Sea Food Industry in Darfur region and a Farm Land in Darfur region and supplier of Central African Countries with sea food till the Government find out that Darfur region was rich on Oil and Mineral Resources which was discovered by an individual Group called Organization Rebel Movement.
The Government and Rebel Movement are fighting over who will inherit the Darfur region because of the Oil discovered and Rebel Movement are killing all the people in Darfur region to enable them inherit the land, and my husband was murdered in cold blood and our Farm, Sea Food Industry was burnt down. Before then, my husband have make moved with the Sum of (USD$20.5 Million United States Dollars ) to South Africa for establishment of another branch in Southern Africa, the fund was deposited in a private Security & Finance Company in South Africa in the name of my son Mr.Ahmadi Ismail as the beneficiary. My husband was killed because of the Oil discovered in our Farm Land since 2002 that is why the murderer's, Rebel Movement believed that once my husband is killed they will have no challenge in taking over the land. (http://savedarfur.org/the-conflict) Now the Rebel Movement turned against us looking for the remaining existing family of Mr. Ismail in order to achieve their aim and objective.
We decided to leave Darfur to South Africa to seek Asylum (Refugees) Now all the documents issued when the Fund was deposited has been handed over to our family Lawyer in South Africa who is assisted my late husband when the consignment was safely deposited. Because South African political system is similar with my countrys law, that is why we decided to look for a Foreign Partner who will assist us in moving the funds out of South Africa for my family investment.
We have decided to offer you 20% of the total amount, 5% is mapped out to defray all expenses that will be incurred during the process of concluding the transaction, while the remaining 75% will be for my family and will be invested in your country under your management as well. I am here with my son Mr. Ahmadi Ismail, Please immediately you receive this fax message, kindly contact us on the below stated telephone numbers, fax and email for proceedings due to my poor English and old age. My son has been mandated to over-see the transaction with the support of our family Lawyer. Looking forward to hearing from you soonest. Please Contact us Tel: +27 74 614 6487 or
From: Mrs. Bama Ismail & Son Ahmadi Family.