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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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)
- "prepared to give you 30% " (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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "MR. AHMED SADIQt" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:06:01 +0300
Subject: Your Urgent Response Is Needed !!!
Compliment of the Season Dear,
My name is MR. AHMAD SADIQ, I am an investment banker based in
Syria. I worked with Al-Shufi investment Company in Syria as
an investment officer for many years before the outbreak of
the civil unrest there which forced some of us to relocate
to the United Kingdom for safety.
I write you based on the request of one of the beneficiaries
to our client, an European who lost his life to the civil
unrest in Syria. Due to the unending unrest in Syria, his
children and next of kin moved their late father's funds
out from Syria to different security companies in South
Africa and Europe for safe keeping and investments pending
when they can safely leave Syria and come over to the place
of domicile of the receiver of the funds to get their share
of the funds.
I am therefore contacting you directly to solicit for your kind
assistance in receiving these funds totaling usd$100 million
(ONE HUNDRED MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) on behalf
of my clients children for investment purposes in your
country. All we need is a trusted and honest individual who
can receive these funds from the security company in South
Africa on behalf of my clients children and keep them safe
there pending their arrival to your country to receive their
share of the funds.
For doing this, we are prepared to give you 30% of the funds
while 60% goes to them. 8% will come to me as my commission
while 2% will be used to offset any expenses that might be
incurred in the course of moving the funds from the security
companies in South Africa and Europe to your account
anywhere you desire the funds to be deposited for investment
If you are interested in assisting us, please get back to me
immediately using my email and contact details
below: NAME:EMAIL:TELL:FAX:CITY:COUNTRY: Also
provide to me your complete details including; NAME AND
ADDRESS, OCCUPATION AND POSITION, SEX AND AGE, DIRECT
CONTACT DETAILS such as mobile number, fax number, and email
contact and a valid identification.
Please reply and send you information on this email: email@example.com
I look forward to getting a favorable response from you.
MR. AHMED SADIQ.