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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Hadji.Sabeen Moustafa" <Hadji.SabeenMoust@qq.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 03:47:16 +0700
Subject: Urgent Assistance.
I am Hadji.Sabeen Moustafa by name from Homs Arab republic of Syria. I am 56 years old Muslim woman, former finance director for Al-Furat Petroleum Company Syria. Why I'm contacting you is to know if we can have a personal conversation, whatever truth you may brief me will be highly recommended.
Tell me more about your country, how good it will be to invest in your country, Such as buying of properties, or real estate and some tourist places or any profitable investment venture that will yield good profits.
I will like to relocate out from Syria with my daughter because of civil war. I need a foreign partner to enable me transfer my investment capital and then relocate to your country for an investment into profitable business, honestly, I wish to work with you.
I will appreciate whatever result, you may brief me, Do let me know your idea and knowledge regarding this or any other profitable investment venture you may suggest or introduce me into.There is nig sanction against my country and thus are also main reason i seek your
I have the total capital sum US$13.450 Million, If we can develop a good business relationship with you on mutual agreement and understanding, probably we can invest together as partners, if youâre interested with my proposal do not hesitate to respond back to me. Please also let me know your commission you will take from me to execute this project.
In my next mail I will explain the full details of the project and interest, I will tell you more about myself when I read from you, and also tell me more about yourself and your business experience when replying. We don't need to be investor before we can invest, I am
devoted Muslim woman with respect to people.
I look forward to read from you at your earliest convenient time.
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