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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:
- "a security company " (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Mike Moore <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Mike Moore <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 01:43:54 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Re: Greetings
My name is Major Mike Moore, 34 years old from Alabama, a US army currently stationed in Syria for war against terrorism. I am contacting you based on the confidence which i have seen in you.
Few weeks ago, while curbing a village in allepo of terrorist hideouts, I and my fellow colleague found a metal sealed box containing a huge amount in the value of $14,600.000.00 USD. This money is belived to be part of the funds embezzled by the syrian authority or fleeing rebels from that region.
I need your help in confidence to help me secure this funds in your custody and open a bank account to deposit the funds in your country, then once my service is completed here in the next 3 years, I would relocate to your country to meet you in person and share the funds 70-30% each. I have concluded with an elite troops who have agreed to help cross the box to turkey and thereby deposit the box to a security company there as containing a very important files. As army generals, the security company would not question the real contents of the box considering their positions as security personels.
Few days ago, I have confirmed that the elite troops has deposited the box successfully at security firm in Ankara in the name of a general named Ahmet Mereket.
I need your consent over this very important and confidential issue. I wouldn't want to lose such huge amount which i know i coudn't acquire in my life time as a soldier.
Only what is required now is your full Name and Telephone number I wait for your urgent response to provide you with further details. and let me know if you can travel to Turkey cambodia Spain or Germany to receive the box cause following my discussion with the delivering company in Turkey there diplomat has only four root for now so let me know which of the countries will be okay for you to receive the box.
Major Mike Moore.