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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: "Amira Faridd" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:01:15 -0800
Subject: GET BACK TO ME ASAP
I know this mail will surprise you as I have no previous contact with you.
My name is Amira Farid from Syria. My life is full of pain and your assistance and cooperation will see me through.
My husband was a member of Asad government, he was killed in the cause that has kept Syria hostage.
I have been in this marriage with out a son, due to this my husband's family would not allow me to have access to my husband wealth forcing religion that is uncomfortable on me. I only know of a cash which my husband have outside Syria and was able to keep it secret from my husband's relatives. In as much am still incommunicado I have therefore decided to sort a competent hands oversea who could take delivery of the funds oversea and invest it in any viable and profit yielding venture outside Syria.
I will be ready to negotiate terms and I intend to find way of escape after you must have taken delivery of the funds.
I will look forward to your urgent respond.