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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "can i completely trust you?" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Aliyah Nawaz <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2017 10:43:12 -0700
Subject: From your new friend Aliyah.
Dear Friend, Assalamu'alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh,
It is true that we met through the Internet which i know to be an unsecured
means of communications that have been abused with many lies coming from
people of no conscience with wicked mind to deprive others of their hard
earned fortune but please give your attention to my mail though it may be
your least expectation from me since we are just new friends but i am doing
so because i have to let you know about me due to the happiness my heart
have found with you.
I was born into a Muslim family that cherish the principle of proper child
up bringing but death never gave me the opportunity of having to enjoy the
comfort of my good home but all the same Allah knows the best.
After reading from you i decided to let you know everything about me
because i believe it is Masha Allah(that which Allah wills) which makes me
know you after my fasts with prayers to Allah, I am also ready to meet with
you if you will accept me with all your heart.
I am Ms. Aliyah Nawaz Talat 23 years old born in the ancient citadel (city)
of Somali located within the province in the Islamic Republic of Somalia
and the only daughter of Dr Nawaz Talat Mohammad of The blessed memory who
was a well-known environmental activist in my country Somaliland. Before
the death of my mother on 15 July 2007.Though her sudden death was linked
by her second bout of cancer. It was after the death of my mother that my
dad realized that Somalia is undemocratic and not safe for girls of which
he decided that i will continue my education in another country for my
safety since many girls have been raped kill without justice being
done.tears will not let me go back to the events that took my fathers life
when i least expected and expose me to life of competition for survival but
for what i am and not for my beauty or family background,
I have learn to accept and face challenges. am alive writing today as it
was by bismillahir rahmani raheem(in the name of Allah, most gracious, most
merciful) which kept me i lost my only brother on a serious bullet
injuries.After the incident,before the death of my father he was able to
tell me some important things and directed his lawyer to hand over some
certain documents to me which the lawyer did.my father gave up the ghost
and after his burial according to Islamic rites,It was certain to me that i
do not have any other choice but to disclose my situation to the school
authority of which i was taken to the camp of UNITED NATIONS HIGH
COMMISSION FOR REFUGEE(UNHCR) in grand yorf, Dakar Senegal from where i am
writing you now but i say ALHAMDOULILLAH(all praise be to Allah) for
keeping me alive till date.
Before the death of Father on 5th of Jan 2008, He told me of the sum of
($4.6 Million USD United States Dollars) In one of the leading banks in a
fixed deposit account as my family inheritance as his next of kin, I am
just 23years old now and a university undergraduate studying, The bond
indicates that the next of kin can only come to claim the money should
anything happen to the depositor when she reaches the age of 23.
and l don't really know of what to do in business and now I want to invest
this fund with a good honest person for my future living under his/her care
and control. This is because I have suffered a lot since l lost my caring
Father which brought sorrow to my life today.
I have communicated with the bank and was searching for a reliable and
trustworthy person that can assist me to claim and safeguard this money in
his custody so i can relocate to join him to start a new life as the bank
advised me to do since i have no account.
Please write me with your first and last name which i will send to the bank
presenting you to them as my trustee and Representative if you accept to
help me with the claims and assure me that you will not betray me when you
receive the money in your account.
Iam with the hope that this transfer will be successfully carried out with
you and i promised you bismillah( In the name of Allah) that you will be
handsomely rewarded for the help.
Now permit me to ask you these few questions?
1. Can you honestly help me as your sister or your friend?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you
after the money is in your account?
Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible so that l will
forward all vital information to you as soon as l hears from you. In all i
say Subhana Allah( glory be to Allah) for making me know someone like you.
Please l wants you to help me invest this fund in any good lucrative moving
business in your country. please consider my request for you to assist me
invest my inheritance in your country please in view of our sensitive
status and as we are still conscious of my father's enemies I would like
you to give me this a highly confidential approach so we need your
information such as listed below:
1 Full names_________________
2. Age: _______________________________
3. Occupation: ________________________
4. Telephone Number: __________________
From your new friend Aliyah.