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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million 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)
- "top secret" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "diplomatic immunity" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "diplomatic courier" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Sergeant Daniel.Dailey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:37:45 -0500
Subject: Sergeant Daniel.Dailey
I am Daniel Dailey and I am a Britishsoldier attached to UN peace keeping force in Syria. I am the commandingofficer of the third Battalion soldier regime. As you may know, everyday thereare several cases of insurgent attacks and suicide bombs going on here. We havemanaged to move funds belonging to some demised persons who were attacked andkilled through these attacks. The total amount is US$196 Million dollars incash, which we shared among ourselves and I got 7.1 million dollars as my ownshare of the fund.
Now my mission here in Syria will expire bynext month end for me to leave this camp and if I do not ship out the fund; Imight end up losing it, because as an army officer, we have no right to takeanything from the War zone, nor we are allowed to make calls or to makefinancial transactions.
I want to move this money to you, so thatyou can help keep my share for me until when i shall come over to meet you. Iwill take 70%, while you take 30%. No strings attached! Just to help me move itout of Syria; which is a war zone right now.
I plan on using Diplomatic courier andshipping the money out in a metallic Box, using diplomatic immunity. If you areinterested, I will send you the full details.
Can I trust you for this?
Please signify your interest including yourmost confidential telephone/fax numbers, home address, city with identity cardor passport picture.
Note that this business is risk free.
The boxes can be shipped out in 48hrs. PleaseIf you are Interested in assisting, kindly reply through this PRIVATE andCONFIDENTIAL Email (email@example.com) for further
PLEASE, TREAT THIS PROPOSAL AS TOP SECRET.
Sergeant Daniel Dailey