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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: "Mr kennedy Paul" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:09:18 -0000
Subject: Re INVESTMENT IN YOUR COUNTRY
I am Mr kennedy Paul and Am in Syria now and desperately needs to relocate to your country for An Investment and this is why I desire to contact you. I work with UN RED CROSS In All over the world, Am writing to let you know about the Late Engineer (Jabalah) Is a Syrian Industrialist and member of Syrian business men in council Damascus. Before the Man died with some of his family member In Bomb blast where he live, We are trying our best to save his life but he could not make it, Before he gave up he showed me and He ask me to help him to save some money and i must find an A Good Man from Arab Country that will help and save the money to help his 2 Kid's in life All his family is under threat of President Bashar al-Assad for they resolute support for a true Democratic Government in Syria that is why they killed Mr Jabalah. Due to the current disturbances in the country many families are running for dear lives as soldiers are killing civilians, women and children. I want to brin
My sincere intention in writing you is to plead with you to kindly accept this and work with me. We Will Do bank to Bank transfers from Spain to your account. These are the major issues of concern to me now. I will give you 30% of the total money. I have to take this chance because I have no other alternative but to trust somebody. At this point as I'm working with the UN I'm trying to be careful because of my dignity as a chief of Red Cross I don't want any problem from my company because they know all I do and I can't go with that kind of money in my account and question will be asked and I don't want the government to claim this money, I made a promise and I want to fulfill it.. The money is kept safely in the Lacaixa bank of Spain .Now as I promised mr Jabalah that I will make sure that his last wished be granted because of the two kids which I have taken them to the UN camp in London while I work towards there fathers wishes and I'm contacting in respect of this, to save t
will provide you with further details. An acceptance of my offer can change your life and mine too.
Mr kennedy Paul