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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:
- "huge amount of money" (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)
- "million 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "YOUR ADVICE PLEASE" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:07:52 +0530
Subject: YOUR ADVICE PLEASE
I never believe this is real in Africa till I witness it myself today
My names is Rebecca Steve a citizen of Cape-Verde, 35years Old lives and work in South Africa
(S.A).There has been a problem in our office regarding of a huge amount of money (Millions Dollar) owned by the Libyan government which was brought in cash during the War against President Gadafi of Libya to our security office here.
$73 Million Dollars was diverted to unknown account by unknown staff in our office early last year from the huge funds , and this has resulted to investigation by the Interpol for the last past 16 months ago getting to 18 month now, still there no positive outcome towards the investigation, here is the fact-file http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/found-in-sa--libyas-trillions-1791851 .Last week Thursday, the weather was so bad, and there was a lot of traffic and I got to work late,the front door led to my office was not open because the splashes of rain were manipulating inside and I needed to pass through the back door.
On my way I overheard smooth conversation talking about sharing ratio and i lean back and crossed my ear on the door pretends as if am dealing with my wet shoe. I clearly overheard our appointed finance manager and his assistant secretary together with 2 others staff that control finance discussing on how to share the sum of $73 Million Dollars they have removed from the huge Libyan Money, I was shocked!! And was about to walk away my phone started ringing at that spot and they caught me, believing that I have heard all they were discussing.
They offered to give me $2.5 million dollars!, please if you are the one what would you do?.I am nervous! as i have never experience such a huge amount in my life which they have offered to give me!And they promised to deliver the money to any account or destination of my choice in cash means.
Should I go ahead and collect the money? Or should I Report them to the management? Please do not ignore, please advice
Reply me To: Rebecca Steve: firstname.lastname@example.org
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