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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:
- The following fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "to your nominated bank account" (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)
- "transaction is risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- "diplomatic delivery" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist 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.
- email@example.com (Outblaze.com, Hong Kong; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: John Hoot <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 22:47:56 +0200
Subject: IMPORTANT BUSINESS PROPOSAL
Before I go further I will like to introduce myself, I am GENERAL FRANK
GORK GORENC Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; Commander, U.S. Air
Forces in Africa; Commander, Air Component Command, headquartered at
Ramstein Air Base, Germany; and Director, Joint Air Power Competency
Centre, Kalkar, Germany,I do apologize for contacting you in this means
it's due to security reasons involve in this transactions.
my reason of contacting you is that I have been serving the government
since 1979 and now i am presently in Syria for peacekeeping mission with
the United Nation. I have in my position over paid salary from the United
Nation and Africa Union worth About Twenty Seven Million U. S. Dollars
(USD$27000000.00) that I want to transfer to you i just hope you are a
reliable and trusted person, I am ready to offer you %25 while %5 for any
incur tax payment %70 for me.And i want to invest my %70 if you assist me
to receive this money,
once i hear from you I will introduce you to my attorney to enable him
draft agreement between me and you Base on the percentage,once this is done
i will inform the Security company for immediate transfer to your nominated
bank account provided or by diplomatic delivery,
this transaction is risk free verify Legitimate because i am a General and
i know the Law. all i want from you is to mail me your information and then
i will verify and get back to you as soon as possible but please you have
to guarantee me that nothing will happen to my money and promise to be
confidential about this Transaction until we move this money out of here
Please Note: if you are interested in this transaction respond to me on my
private email: email@example.com
information require from you to proceed Quickly to my Attorney for Draft
General Frank Gork Gorenc
US Air force.
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