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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: "Emmanuel Sabata" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:02:02 -0300
Subject: would you be interested
My Name is Emmanuel Sabata from Sierra Leone, Permit me to inform you of my desire of seeking your assistance towards securing my inheritance, i really want to place this urgent matter in your hands because I want you to help me invest my inheritance in a lucrative business of any kind, I have an inherited funds presently in Toronto Canada.
The funds was transferred by a reliable agent working for the UN with the assistance of my first partner Mr. Brent Grant who was from British Colombia in Canada, he was also a friend and business associates to my father, After the death of my father an agreement was signed between me and Mr Brent Grant to assist me invest the funds in a lucrative business in his country and to also relocate me to the either Canada or the United State, Mr Grant was unable to clear and claim the box from the agent because he was rushed to the hospital for surgery but unfortunately for Mr Brent Grant he passed away 2 weeks ago from a brain tumor illness (may his gentle soul rest in peace)
If you would be interested to work with me on this transaction i will introduce you as my new partner to the officer in charge of the box at the custom Bonded warehouse in Toronto, i will also forward to you every details including the details of the above mentioned officer so you can open up communications with him on how the box could be delivered to you.
Note! that before we proceed an agreement would be drafted and signed by the both of us regarding your pledging to be my new partner and also that you will not act otherwise when my inheritance gets to your position, i will also include in the agreement a 10% share from the total sum to you for your assistance and 3% for any expense that may incur after which the rest would be invested in any lucrative business of your choice for me, so please get back to me on the phone number below so i can furnish you with more details.