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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: koneissah0 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 04:14:59 -0800
In search of a reliable international investment
partnership, i came to across your profile and i decided to contact you,
It was deposited by my late father,
the sum of $ 15.5. million United States Dollars
into any viable and profitable business venture in partnership with me,
Which he deposited it in one of the neighboring country bank Vault
before his untimely death.
This funds were acquired legitimately, and there are
documents to this effect.
Upon the receipt of a favorable response from you, i
will furnish you with more details on proof of funds.
For more details.
Looking forward to hear from u soon,