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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: Rebecca Kurubos <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Rebecca Kurubos <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2017 14:23:30 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Good day to you.
HOW ARE YOU TODAY? SORRY IF I HAVE INTRUDED INTO YOUR PRIVACY, LIFE AND DEATH FORCED ME TO SEND YOU THIS URGENT MASSAGE.
I AM FROM THE FAMILY OF KURUBOS, MY FATHER IS THE HEAD OF COCOA AND COFFEE PLANTATION THAT WAS SPONSOR BY THE LATE PRESIDENT LAURENT GBAGBO, DURING HIS ACTIVITIES TO PRESERVED HIS GRIP ON POWER BUT UNFORTUNATELY THINGS TURN UPSIDE DOWN WHEN OUR HOUSE WAS ATTACKED AND BURN IN CITY OF DUEKOUE THERE I LOST MY ENTIRE FAMILY, MOTHER AND TWO BROTHERS ONE WEEK AFTER I FOUND MY FATHER IN THE HOSPITAL BUT BEFORE HIS DEATH, HE INFORM ME ABOUT HIS SECURED SUM OF (US$5,500 000 00 ) AND I WAS WARNED TO LOOK FOR A FOREIGN PARTNER TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY FOR MY FUTURE LIVE.
I AM SINCERELY DESIRE OF YOUR ASSISTANCE IF YOU CAN BE TRUSTWORTHY TO SECURE THE LEGACY PROCESS ON MY BEHALF.I WILL BE GIVING YOU THE TOTAL OF 20% FOR HELPING ME. THANKS.