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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:
- "huge amount of money" (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: Miss Egom Laboso <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:27:41 -0700
Subject: PLEASE ATTENTION !!!
Good day beloved one,
Good day to you beloved one, i am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart. My name is Miss Egom Laboso, 24yrs old female and I held from Kenya. My father was (Late Mr Lorna Laboso) the former Assistant Minister of Home Affairs in Kenya. My later father Mr. Lorna Laboso and the former Kenyan Road minister Dr. Kipkalya Kones has been on board the Cessna 210, which was headed to Kericho and crashed in a remote area called Kajong'a, in western Kenya. The plane crashed occurred on the Tuesday 10th, June, 2008.
You can read more about the crash through the below site: http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/06/10/kenya.crash/index.html
After the burial of my late father, my stepmother and my uncles conspired and sold my fathers properties to an Expertrate in China which they shared the money among themselves and left me with nothing, One faithful morning, I opened my father's briefcase and found out a documents which my Late Father deposited a huge amount of money into a Bank in Burkina Faso with my name was as the next of kin. So please if you are interested to help me kindly get back to me so that i will give you the details and also send my pictures to you.
I hope to hear from you as soon as possible.
Miss Egom Laboso.