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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: "Gilliard James Durward" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:53:12 -0500
Subject: DEAR FRIEND
I am Capt Gilliard James Durward, an Army contractor attached to the U.S. Army corps of engineers in Libya. The reason why Im explaining my findings to you are to seek for your assistance to enable you contributes immensely to the actualization of my dream.
On the 4th day of March 2016, I and my group of men under my supervision were alerted on the need of some urgent reconstruction works in Tripoli Libya a long thoroughfare of high-rise buildings built and occupied by ISIS in Tripoli Libya.
Immediately we proceeded to the site and as we commence work to our utmost surprise we discovered a huge underground bunker in one of the buildings. Upon investigation of the bunker to our surprise we discovered one very lager box safely hidden and sealed together with numerous other boxes filled with different item, however I was attracted to the large box which was the only sealed box of them all, I told my men to open the box in order to find out the contents and when they were opened to our amazement the boxes contained US Dollars which amounted to $46M after time was taken to count them in bundles and rolls.
I however instructed them to keep this in high secrecy so that we can have the money to ourselves, they all agreed to the plan, I wisely took the decision for us to share the money between ourselves right there in the room to avoid suspicion in moving the very large box and that led me to having US$7.2 Million (US$7,200,000) as my own share of the money after which I concealed it in one box and decided to get the money out of the country but first I hid the money in a safe and untraceable location.
I am now in desperate need of a Reliable and Trustworthy person like you who would receive, secure and protect these box containing the US Dollars for me up on till my assignment elapses here. I cannot leave the box here in Libya like most of my men have foolishly done due to many reasons one of which is because Libya is getting unsafe and dangerous everyday and a full blown civil war among Taliban and ISIS may start any moment.
I assure and promise to give you 20% of this fund, however feel free to negotiate what you wish to have as your percentage in this deal. Please assure me of your keeping this topmost secret within you so that my job would not be jeopardized. Kindly reply and get back to me
My Sincere regards,
Capt Gilliard James Durward