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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:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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: "Mrs Suzane" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:26:50 +0800
Greetings! I am Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak from Egypt. There is a uncertainty in Egypt. As a result of political crisis and my husband is seriously sick. still having problem with the new administration, for this l need foreign assistance to receive my reserved fund for safe keeping in your country or for investment in your country as l was advised that your country is peaceful.
Be inform, the fund will be transfer to you legitimately as l will confirmed to my bank you are my foreign manager. I deposited the funds outside Egypt so that my children can have something to hold on to. Please kindly notify me if you can render your service to receive my fund.
Moreover, l have made inquiring on how the fund can be transfer little by little to your country. and l was told that l must employed a services of local Citizen in any country that l will like to transfer my fund to. I was also told that most local Citizen do takes 30% for their local representative.
But If you will render your service to me l'm ready to pay the 30% percentage to you out of the total amount of my funds ($U.S.D 50,000,000.00)) Fifty Million U.S.D.
please you can only reply me through this email. email@example.com
Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak.