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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "DR.DHIEU MATHOK" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:04:48 -0700
Subject: ( PARTNERSHIP INVESTMENT )
Hello Dear Friend,
My name is Dhieu Mathok, SPLM-IO S/G and Minister of Energy and Dams in South Sudan. but I would like you to cooperate with me so that this (US$11.5M) will be released to you and we use it for joint business investment there in your country for the interest of two of us and our families. I grantee you that this is 100% risk free business deal only it requires to be confidential between two of us. Please reply with this listed information's so that I will send to you the full details on how we will execute the business successfully. Thanking you in advance for your interest while I am looking forward to hearing from you and working with you as best of partner / brother.
A: Your full name,
B: Your Company's name,
C: Your occupation
D: Your Full address
E: Your private telephone number
My Very Best Regard
DHIEU MATHOK DIING WOL
002119 15000 1888