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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: ANWAL SAID IBRAM <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 19:40:03 GMT
Subject: THANKS I AM GRATEFUL
Please consider to help me relocate this $15.65m for establishing an industry in your country.This fund was deposited in our bank our customer
who died in 2007 without a heir. A routine notification was sent to her forwarding E-mail address but without responses.
The customer did not declare her next of kin in the bank official papers including her real home contacts.
This money has been floating and if I do not remit it out urgently it will be confiscated by the government as unclaimed fund.
You will be compensated for your collaboration to receive this fund in to your country. I will give you all vital information and clarification when I receive your reply.
Meanwhile kindly send the following info:
(1) Your name in full.
(2) Your full residential address.
(3) Your occupation.
(4) Your City.
(5) Your Country of origin.
(6) Your Mobile phone.
(7) Your age.
(8) Your marital status.
Mr.Anwal S. Ibram.