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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.
- 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.
- 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.Mandy Kues Sales" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:38:51 +0200
Subject: CLAIM OF FUNDS
FROM: MRS.MANDY KUES-SALES
SUBJECT: CLAIM OF MY FUNDS WITH SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK
MY EMAILS: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am sorry to bug your privacy. My name is Mrs. Mandy Kues-Sales, I am the wife to late John Sales who happens to be a government contractor, trader and a politician in Australia before his death. My husband was divisional treasurer of trade and contractors of the Australian Congress in South Australia. He was brutally murdered by opposing members of his party for his straightforwardness and accountability though the government claimed that it was a robbery attack but everybody know it was assassination by some people in government, they killed him because he was an opposition to their corruption. I was lucky to stand this gruesome murder on the night of Saturday, 15th September 2015 but they still stabbed me on my abdomen but I was lucky to escape. I was rush to the hospital by some neighbors and eventually the same assassin still came to the hospital in Queensland, Australia just to take my life but eventually they miss their access to my ward. So I had to instruct our acco
unt manager to transfer our money
I write you to seek your assistance in the security of US$5.5 Million Deposited by me with a SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK before I seek refugee/asylum here. The South African reserve bank will allow you go on their online banking to transfer the funds. I am the only one with direct access and information of this deposit. I decided to seek help knowing that my days are numbered having received a call from the Reserve bank that they will turn the deposit to its government treasury if I fail to present a representative for the claim because I cannot claim the funds myself since I seek asylum here. I seek your assistance to be made the Administrator to this inheritance since I have no relative or children. I intend to introduce you to the director of the bank whom I deem very competent to guide you through this claim process. Please get back to me for more information on this inheritance. I was lead by the Almighty to send this mail to you after serious thought checked my husband f
ull diary and address and that is