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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:
- "hundred thousand us dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Amina Bintambi" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 07:30:51 -0800
Subject: FROM: MRS AMINA BINTAMBI
Attention: Sir/ Madam
First I must solicit your strictest confidence in this message and I pray that my decision to contact you will be given genuine approval considering the facts that we have not known each other before. My name is Mrs Amina Bintambi from Malaysia Wife to Mr Bintanbi Mohammad Afruz victim of the Malaysian Airlines Flight (MH17/MAS17) that got shot down along Ukraine–Russian boarder on 17th July 2014, en route from Amsterdam Airport to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) loosing 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board the flight. during this tragic incident .
I lost my husband Mr Bintambi Mohammad Afruz and my only son Mr Bintambi Mahammad Afzal include my daughter Ms Bintambi Marsha Azmeena all of them were in the same flight from Amsterdan coming to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia while am at the Airport waiting for their arrival.Before the death of my husband he made a fixed deposit of USD 8.5 Million (EIGHT Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars Only) with Bank Of America LONDON (UK). I want to go into arrangement/ agreement by which I can live in your country and get the money out of Bank Of Ameica United Kingdom and to invest it into your Company / Country since I don't have any business IDEA because I am a cevil servant before the death of my family.
Please I want truth and honest to be our watch word in this transaction and please treat these transactions with strictly confidentiality for successful out come of it. All I want you to do is to send me your personal phone number and also your private e-mail address for easy and urgent communication. Note that this transaction is 100% risk free and requires absolute confidentiality because my husband brother are now after my life so that he can HERIT the money since I have lost all my families. you can check the among dead list bellow
I am waiting for your urgent reply
Mrs Amina Bintambi