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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: rosalineaddomills <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:40:38 +0100
Due to the sudden death of my husband John Evans Atta Mills the former
president of Ghana from 7 January 2009 to 24 July 2012, I and my son
have been thrown into a state of hopelessness by the present
administration. i have lost confidence with any body within my
country. I inherited the sum of Nine Million seven Hundred Thusand
Euros. (â¬ 9.7 millions) which I intend to use for investment purposes
specifically in your country.
I got your contacts through personal research and had to reach you
through this medium. I will give you more details when you reply. Due
to security network placed on my daily affairs, i want all of our
communications to go through my son. I can't visit the embassy so that
is why i have contacted you. I will be happy if you can receive this
funds and keep it safe I assure you something good out of the funds in
return for your assistance.
I will need your telephone/mobile/fax numbers so that we can commence
communication. please read and reply back asap with your full name and
telephone number. Please note: we are not going to ask you to send
your account details to us until you meet face-to-face with my son in
the bank's vault in your country any of these three countries of your
choice: Alger in Algeria, Rabat Morocco, or Paris France.
If you are willing to cooperate in this project, I will give you
details immediately as soon as I hear from you with the following
information in order to proceed:
1) Full Name
3) Marital Status
4) Cell Phone/Fax Number
5) Your Country
8) Your Company
Mrs. Rosaline Addo Mills.