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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 united states 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: "Mrs. Shneor." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:18:27 -0700
Subject: Re: Details:
Please take a few moments to read my email. I am Mrs Shneor Ilana from Israeli I and my late husband was a Broker and Oil Dealer in Middle East. Before the death of my Late husband in Abu Dhabi, we have Private account in U.A.E with deposit of (Ten Million
United States Dollars.) mapped for investment in Asia without any beneficiary details or identification of the principle.
But right now my healthy condition is bad I was diagnosed with cancer about one year ago before I went back to Israeli, I can't transfer this fund to my personal account because of the problem between U.A.E and Israeli rather I want you to assist me to
receive this fund" because the bank have informed me to provide beneficiary immediately.
The Bank is ready to dispatch it pending on when I present beneficiary. If you can help me in this transaction, I will compensate you with 30% of the total amount and you will also get benefit from the investment" If there is any kind of agreement that
you would like us to have, let me know so that I can start working on for it I would like this transaction to be concluded as quick as possible.
More details will be send to you when I receive your interest response to Partnership with me.
Mrs Shneor Ilana
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