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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: "Mr.Moussa Ahmed" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2018 20.09.41 +0200
Subject: Funds for Investment
P.O. Box 3212, Doha, Qatar
I am Mr. Moussa Ahmed, the Manager Finance and Account Qatar
Petroleum. I have some funds for Investment.
Contact me if you are interested, I have all it will take to move the
fund to any of your account designate as a Contract Fund to avoid
every query by the authority in your Country. I sent this message from
my private email; I will give you more details through my official
email upon the receipt of your response to prove myself and office.
Finance and Account.