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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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Blessing Uzi" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2018 18:44:28 +0800
Subject: Season greetings
My name is Blessing Uzi, I am a geology student from South Sudan. Presently, I am seeking asylum as a refugee in South Africa due to the brutal civil war that took the lives of my parents and two sibling including the lives of innocent people in our country South Sudan.
Although, before the untimely death of my father in the hands of those blood testy demons, he had already sold his Gold mining company and deposited the funds amounting to the sum of eighty million, nine hundred thousand United States Dollars in one the leading finance security firm in United Kingdom.
I seek for your assistance to help me relocate the Money to your position for good a investment Project in your country. And I will also want you to help me resettle your country to further my study. I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum for your assistance.
Please help me to get out from this terrible situation. Upon your acceptance, I would like you to send me your complete information's to enable me forward it to the security company as my legal trustee/guardian.