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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 us 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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Office Contact" <email@example.com>
Date: 14 Dec 2017 23:34:29 +0800
Subject: RE: URGENT PLEASE
In my search for a business partner I got your contact in Linkedin search. My Name is Mr.Hassan Alhameen, My father is a business man from Syrian but have lost everything he is having in Syrian war and lost my mother also, I feel like crying each time I remember my father building and company in Syrian that was bomb, All we have left is the funds with the Standard Chartered Bank. I want you to help me receive this money in your country for investment, Total funds is US$50,000,000.00 Million US dollars, I will give you 30% of the total for your assistance.
We are from the opposition group operating in Syria. We are presently in Kazakhstan hiding with my father. Please I don't want you to discuss this transaction with anyone so that the Syria government will not locate us.
Can you travel to UK for the claim of funds? If you can travel to UK then inform me but If you can't travel let me know so that I can discuss with the lawyer to make arrangement with the bank to transfer the funds to your account but I believe meeting someone face to face in a business transaction which is good.
My wife said she have been calling you on phone but no one is answering your phone, I hope we have the right phone number.
If you can invest the funds for me, contact me with the below information's:
Your full name:
so that we start the whole process.
I will wait to hear from you.
Regards for on behalf of my Family