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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: Darren Schneider <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:43:46 +0100
Subject: SEEKING FOR ASSISTANCE
I hope my e-mail meets you well. I am in need of your assistance. My
name is Darren Schneider of the Medical/contract Unit of NATO here in
Damascus in Syria. i work as a registered medical contractor for Nato
and other humanitarian organizations . i have about five million
five hundred US dollars which is payment for contracts executed
Between January and August 2016 ,which we want to move out due to the
current situation and war in Syria. This problem has made us to look
for partners and intermediaries to move out our contract payment out
of Syria due to the financial meltdown and recession caused by the war
this country. Our main aim of contacting you is to seek your
assistance to serve as a receiving partner and also for safe keeping
till we can conclude the remaining part our medical contracts here and
further invest these funds elsewhere. The most important thing is; Can
We Trust you, once the funds get to you. Your own part of this deal is
to find a safe place where the funds can be sent to, while ours making
sure the funds gets to you safely. If you are interested I will
furnish you with more details upon receipt of your response and
contact details. Please note that you will be entitled to a percentage
of the total funds which will be discussed in due course of the
transaction and itâs subject to negotiations.
I look forward to your reply and co-operation.
Dr Mrs.Darren Schneider (Medical Contractor Syria)