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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 will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "liberia" (a location commonly mentioned 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: MUSA USMAN <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:21:50 +0400
Subject: SALAAM,WAITING FOR YOUR URGENT REPLY..
I am Musa Usman,From Liberia,My father is an oil Exporter in our
country,Is one of the rich man in Liberia in our country and he died
in car accident,And i am his only son,And my father have three wife
And he told me that he have kept some money for me in saved keeping
company before he died.
And he told me that are should used the money for any business that i
like to do before he died,And because of my father two wife, I moved
out of my country to saved my life from them,And the money is saved
company in Europe for saving keeping, Which i will like you to assist
me to received the money in your country on behalf and used it for
investment together,In the area of any investment in your country that
you know he we fresh us a good profit at the end of the day,And i can
instruct the company to moved the money down to you in your country
for the investment you will advice to do in your country for you to
stand as the owner of the investment in your country,The amount of the
money is $US10.5M(Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars).
And i promise to give you 20% of the money,For the assistance you will
render to me in your country for the investment in your country and
the share of the profit after the Investment will be share by 70-30.
And i will like you to be a trusted person to me,In your reply to me
send me your full name and your Mobil number and your full
address,Your Occupation,Your Age,Your Nationality,So that i can
forward it to the company that the money was kept for saved
keeping,That you are my beneficiary to received the money on my behalf
in your country.
Waiting for your reply