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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:
- "hundred thousand us 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: Nasha Tagro <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Nasha Tagro <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:35:22 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: From Miss Nasha Tagro
Â Hello Dear,
I am Nasha Tagro, I am 22 yrs old an Ivoirien national. I solicit that you assist me to the transfer of the sum of Eleven Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars. This fund was a heritage from my late parents who were assassinated during the post electoral crisis in my country. I want you to help me and move this money to your country and also for you to guide me and invest this money on good Project in your country.
Kindly contact me through my private email if you can represent my interest or if there is any lucrative Business in your area of specialization to enable me detail you well about your role in this transaction and how we shall transfer this money. For your assistance, i have set aside 20% of the total sum as your commission.
Miss Nasha Tagro
Email: nasha.tagro2017 (@) hotmail.com