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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Ahmed Dadah" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:11:38 +0100
Subject: Crisis in Libyan..
I am Ahmed Dadah, a Libyan citizen, now on asylum in London due to the renewed civil war by the Militia and a rebellion rtd army General. My father was recently killed in Benghazi due to his support to the new government of Prime Minister Abdullah al- Thani and I was also threatened to be killed, when I decided to escape to London until peace and harmony returns to the soil of Libya.
Anyway, let me not take much of your time with the situation in Libya as my family was mostly affected. I lost my father- Abdullahi Dadah, his business and most of the familys assets because the militants rebels claimed that my father is supporting the new government of Libya after the death of former President Mamman Gadaffi and as such, I had to escape Libya with my wife and children to London where my father had made some deposit with a financial institution and I want to invest the fund with an overseas partner because in Libya the war and killings appeared to be continued for a long time. Honestly, I want to invest and make use of this fund in your country, as I cannot invest it here in UK due to their high-tax regime and harsh monetary laws. Note that you will adequately be compensated as you will manage this funds and the investment for 5-10years.
Your urgent response will be highly appreciated while I will further furnish you of the amount and the next step. Let me stop here, hoping that you will respond promptly. Thanks for your anticipated cooperation.