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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Rose Robert Egobia <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 12:26:45 -0600
I am miss Rose Robert Egobia from Republic of Ghana. i am contacting you
because i need your assistant for the continuation of my studies in your
country. I am the only adopted daughter of my late parents Mr Robert
Egobia, but my father died in the hospital in February 2015 after a brief
illness as a result of being poisoned from the result of autopsy, but my
mother died when i was 3 years old, and since my mother's death my father
took very good care of me and never re-married.My father has the largest
cocoa company in Ghana, but after his death, his family brothers took over
my father's house, his company and drove me out of the house saying that i
am not their blood but an adopted child. I cried and pleaded to them but
they decided to be wicked on me. Luckily for me, my father made a bank
fixed deposit of $1.5Million and wrote his WILL on my name, and before he
died he secretly disclosed to me where he kept the claiming documents and i
have these documents with me now, but his family brothers planned to change
the WILL but it was difficult for them due to they were unable to produce
the claiming documents. And they are threatening to kill me if didn't
release the documents to them, but i ran and presently,i am in a hide-out
at this moment.
All i am seeking is your assistant to stand as my guardian to retrieve the
money, and relocate me to your country. I am 18 years old and can not
handle this matter alone.Please i will like you to reply me so that i will
tell you more about this, we need to be fast so that this money will be
transferred to your account, and you will get me invitation letter to come
down to your country to continue my education there, i have finished
secondary school and desire to enter into the university.
I am waiting for your urgent reply and i will give you a call if you give
me your phone number.Thank you for your kind attention and concern. Here is
my private email( email@example.com ) God bless you.
Miss Rose Robert Egobia