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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: "Zeinab Suma Jammeh" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:54:03 -0800
Subject: Greetings from Mrs. Jammeh
I hope that you have a wonderful health, I am The Formal First Lady Of Gambia,Wife Of Yahya Jammeh the past president of the Republic of
Gambia. I saw your profile and I would like to discuss an important and confidential family business investment with you,with the direction of
my Husband(Yahya Jammeh) your profile is perfect for a project i need your partnership for the investment of huge funds in your country and
you will be entitled to part of the investment funds as your share capital for cooperation and for managing the investment , let me know if
you are interested and I will send you all the necessary details.
In case you are confused about my identity just visit my personal page
Zeinab Suma Jammeh