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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "huge sum of money" (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.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: A CRY FROM A SYRIA REFUGEE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:39:21 -0500
Subject: A CRY FROM A SYRIA REFUGEE PRESENTLY IN MADRID,SPAIN WHICH REQUIRE
YOUR URGENT RESPONDS.
I am Mr. Ramos Juan Maqoub from Syria. I am in Madrid,spain at the moment as a political refugee because of the recent problems of my country.
My father left a huge sum of money deposited in an offshore bank in Europe in his name (Mr. Razaki Gracias Maqoub) before his death and left a will that somebody more experienced than me should assist me in investing this fund in a foreign country & I need your urgent help to quickly transfer this money from the present bank to another bank of your choice in your name for investment in your country to avoid any question concerning the source, it is the only thing left for me now and I want to start a new life with it.
This transaction requires immediate attention because of the current political situation in my country (Syria) and i do not want to lose this money to the rebels or government.
It is a huge sum of money (â¬6.250.000 million Euro) along with Gold that worth $3.4million usd and I am ready to offer you 40% each of the money & Gold to stand as the beneficiary and transfer to a new bank account of your choice. I believe you can help me, but on the contrary please forgive my indulgence and delete this e-mail content without sharing with anyone.
If you are interested and able to handle this for me in all honesty without any betrayal of trust that I shall repose on you then contact me for more details, do contact me on my private email below.
You have to send me your personal details information's below.
1.Your Full Name:
2.Your Home Address:
3.Your Direct Mobile Number:
Thank you very much for your understanding.
Mr.Ramos Juan Maqoub.