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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:
- "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: "Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:15:08 +0100
Subject: Multi Million dollars investments for you"59
Multi Million dollars investments for you
This message is for our financial benefits.
I have sent this project partnership request to you before without any response, I do not know if you did receive it. However I want to partner with you in a related funds I deposited in one of the United Kingdom based banks which I will not like to mention the bank names here now and the amount until I receive your consent to partner with me.
This mail is to ask you to partner with me to receive the funds for an investment or to secure the into your private/company account for safe keep pending when we decide what to do with the fund since I can not take the funds into my account because of my current position in the society as the Emir of Kano. This fund if left in the bank more than next month would mean forfirting it to the bank as the funds has been in the account redundant.
If you are interested, Kindly send your detailed information to me. I have been betrayed in the recent past and I lost millions of dollars to an American business woman who on receipt of the funds ran-away and changed all her contacts. I hope that you will not betray my faith on you as I have search out your information as a reputable businessman hence this mail to you.
I look forward to establishing a good relationship with you,
Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
The Emir of Kano,