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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Dina" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 03 May 2017 23:05:13 +0800
I am using this mediuim to contact you because of my present health condition as a lung cancer patient. I need your urgent attention on the information which i will share with you. My name is Mrs. Dina Abubakar, am an Eyptain-Australian and my late husband is an international contractor.Before his untimely death, he informed me of the huge contract project of $35.7 million USD which he did for the Indonesian government. He suffered renal failure for many years and could not have time to claim this funds before he died. As the wife, i was informed by the indonesian governement many months ago that the funds is in their government financial institution till am available to clear the funds as the only family member. I had earlier intentions to invest this funds in real estate projects and name it after my late husband, but my deteriorating health condition will not allow me to do my wish. Therefore, i have decided to invest this funds with someone who can handle it in any good investment project that will yield an annual profit for me which i can donate to charity organisations. If you are a reliable person, kindly send me your response so i can give you more details.
Mrs. Dina Abubakar