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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united states 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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "u.k " (this email uses bad English)
- "can i completely trust you?" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "your humble assistance" (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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr Rezwan Mirza" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2016 14:16:58 -0000
Subject: Good Day
Asalam Aliakum Brother,
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? ,Well Brother For a brief on my personality; My name is Dr.Rezwan Mirza, I'm Egyptian based in U.K I am a retired Business man formally into private Shipping Business. I am 60 years of age, married but we have no kids, I dropped my Shipping business because it wasn't producing profitable income. I have had so much problems with the British Authority just because am a foreigner I believe so.
Now I am interested in establishing and operating a very viable business as a means of investment abroad. I do not know too well on how this is done in your country, So I will need you to help me in this regard...My preference is any good profit yielding businesss and I would appreciate any viable ideas you could come up with. as I am proposing to invest the sum of Fifty Two Million United States Dollars ($52,000,000 USD) for this. I do not know if you can and will be of help to me
My need for this business proposition and to acquire these properties is very urgent as I am now i can't do anything in my own due to condition of my health
Right now am in a hospital for treatment because of cancer problem,but The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness, because of my health I am finding it very difficult to get some things done and if eventually my enemy dies, I will have to loose that money to the bank in Amsterdam. But this is what I don't want to loose rather it will be better me contact honest person to have the money and use it to also help the less privilege in the world and also invest it for returns
I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regard. Now permit me to ask these few questions:
(1) Can I completely trust you? I hope it is acceptable by you?
Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible for more details.
Dr Rezwan Mirza