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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: "Dr. Steve" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:34:59 -0000
Subject: Kind Proposal
My name is Dr Steve Toufik, we have not met before, i got your contact from a reliable source. I am the director of a children's orphanage home here in Accra Ghana. There is one of my inmate, a young boy of 17years old. His both parents has past away, the late father was a director of gold mining company here in Ghana. The late father deposited some amount of money with the boy's name as the only son that incase if he died, they can use the money to bring him up and establish him. The amount is $7.5m so we are looking for a foreigner that can adopt the boy, and the fund can also be released to the person.
Either a man or woman i will stand to help with our lawyer to process the adoption.
I we give you more details upon your response .
Awaiting urgent response.
Dr Steve Toufik