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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:
- "million united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Aaron Griffin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 03 Nov 2017 02:26:57 -0500
Subject: Message from Aaron Griffin
Greetings once again from the caves of war and i will be glad to
explain in details, My name is Sgt Aaron Griffin, I am an American
soldier, serving in the military with the army's 3rd infantry division
based in Iraq/ Baghdad(now redeployed to Afghanistan) With a very
desperate need for assistance, I have summed up courage to contact
you. I found your contact particulars in an address journal.
I am seeking your kind assistance to move the sum of ( $ 12 Million
U.S. Dollars ) Twelve Million United State Dollars to a safe hand,
like you as far as I can be assured that my share will be safe in your care until I complete my service here.
Source Of Money:
Some money in various currencies was discovered in barrels at a
farmhouse near one of Saddam's old palaces in Tikrit-Iraq during a
rescue operation, this money has been kept somewhere outside Baghdad
for some time but with the proposed troop in increase by president
Donald Trump to end the suicide bombing and make peace with militant
ISIS and terrorist ,we are afraid that the money may be discovered
hence I want to move this money to you for safekeeping pending the
completion of my assignment here.
No Compensation can make up for the risk we have taken with our lives
in this hell hole. I have to let you know that everything on earth is
a risk. I pledged when I was joining the military to defend the United
States of America, her territories and the whole world even if i have
to die which is exactly what we here for. Please note that this
transaction is 100% real.
All I require is your honest; cooperation and Sincerity to enable us
see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the
law as it is a 100% risk free venture and legal.
Kindly indicate your interest in assisting by sending to me your full
contact details, such as :
Your full names------------------
For my record so that I can know how to position myself to make sure
this deal is brought to a logical conclusion with out any hitch One
passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this matter
with anybody, should you have reasons to reject this offer, please and
please destroy this message as any leakage of this information will be
too bad for us soldier here in Middle east. I do not know how long we
will remain in Afghanistan. I need you to confirm to me your
percentage or how much you will take for your assistance and for the
charity in your next mail to me, which should be as soon as you get
this mail. I honestly want this matter to be resolved asap, please
contact me as soon as possible with my private email address which is
my only way of communication .
Kindly go through this site and get back to me through this email
which will be convenience for this transaction.
Sgt Aaron Griffin.