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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:
- "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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Barr.Ahmed Salam" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:28:42 +0100
Subject: Good day,
I am Mr. Ahmed Salam, from Burkina Faso a Minister confide on me to
look for foreign partner who will assist him to invest the sum of
Fifty Million Dollars ($50,000,000) in your country.
He has investment interest in mining, exotic properties for commercial
resident, development properties, hotels and any other viable
investment opportunities in your country based on your recommendation
will be highly welcomed.
Hence your co -operation is highly needed to actualize this investment project
I wait for your prompt response.
Mr Ahmed Salam