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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 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: Henry Market <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 20:57:59 +0100
Subject: Re: Let's work together///
Camp MXP-512 Third Infantry Division
Abul Uruj, Baghdad, Iraq.
I am Henry Market, I was a Contractor with the American troop served
in the third infantry division Unit in Iraq in the year 2003
I am currently AWOL. My partner Darren D. Braswell,36, of Riverdale,
Ga., died Jan. 7th near TalAfar, Iraq, when the UH-60 Blackhawk
helicopter in which he was a Passenger crashed. Braswell worked For
the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, before his death We secretly
moved some abandoned cash in a mansion belonging to the former
president, Saddam Hussein and the total cash is US$80,000,000.00
Eighty Million Dollars.
As I write this letter to you, these boxes are in Security Company as
I secretly moved it out of Baghdad to safe place nd since then has
been laying low while on AWOL.
Sir I seek your consent to help me move this money to your country location.
You do not have to be afraid of anything as no one else knows about
this and everything is safe,if you compare the time it ws dicoverd and
this time you will understand that all eyes must be of the funds now.
I would be pleased and grateful to you if you could assist me and my
late partner Darren D. Braswel in receiving this boxes for us on your
behalf as I will making plans to fly out as soon as the money is
safely out of Iraq. Of course, I shall compensate you with an
attractive percent of the total funds for your role/efforts.
As you know the current situation in Syria is esclating day by day,and
will like to move out of here as soon as i can
Moving the funds out of the security company is not going to be much
of a problem as arrangements are being made towards that. All I want
from you is your trust,
Please get back to me with your full name
Contact phone number
Preferable without delay and lets negotiate terms.
Your response will determine our subsequent correspondence.
You can read more on this website for more information and
explanations: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ middle_east/2988455.stm
Yours in Service.