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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:
- "might come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Eddima Garna <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Eddima Garna <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2017 03:19:58 +0900 (JST)
Subject: FROM MISS EDDIMA GARNA,
Hello beloved one,
This message might come to you as a surprise but please be rest assured
that it is all for good, Meanwhile, I prayed before contacting you and
please do not see my mail as embarrassment as we do not know each other
For proper introductions my name are Miss Eddima Garna, only daughter of
late presents, my late father was the Quality Control Supervisor at
Tullow Oil PLC. We are a native of BANDUNG in INDONESIA. But my father
married my mother where he was working and I
was born and brought up here.
My father died on the 10th of March 2015 as a result of Great Stroke
which lasted only for two months.Â And since after the death of my
father, I tried to locate our families in Indonesia but i could not find
them. Now I have decided to move on with my life
I am contacting you with regards to my search for foreign partner for
investment , I wish to bring to your notice my interest to partner with
you on a great business opportunity, I am writing you because I have
plan to relocate and establish an investment in
your country and also to further my education over there, I have the
total sum of (â¬ 5.3 Million), this fund I inherited from my late parents
and I intend to invest this money in your country into REAL ESTATE
BUSINESS/ AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS Etc of which you
are to advise and execute the said venture for the mutual benefits of
both of us. I am willing to compensate you reasonably for your
assistance and co-operation. Please be rest assured that this project is
operating very legal and it is 100% risk free the
fund is legally acquired by my late father and must be invested in
legitimate ventures all the legal documents confirming the source and
origin of the fund are intact.
If you are willing to work with me, please reply to me as soon as you
can so that I will give you full details about the project as well as
all my personal details. Eagerly waiting to hear from you.
Have a blessed moment.
Miss Eddima Garna.