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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Leen Mary" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2018 09:38:51 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend!!!!!!!
This Message Might Meet You In Utmost Surprise. However, It's Just My Urgent Need For Foreign Partner That Made Me To Contact You For This Transaction. I Am A Banker By Profession And Currently Holding The Post Of Foreign Remittance In Our Bank. I Have The Opportunity Of Transferring The Left Over Funds ($40 Million.Usd) Of One Of My Bank Clients Who Died Along With His Entire Family In Plane Crash On 31Th July 2000.You Can Confirm The Geniuses Of The Deceased Death. Besides, i want to know if it is possible to invest in your country with the sum of 40 million dollars . I have interest in hotels and resort, real estate, Agricultural products which will include livestock rearing and mechanized Agriculture. If there are other suggestions i will get from you that will be added to this development ,i will be glad to hear them.
Also i will like you to be my representative in your country as i fully have interest in investing my fund to a business that will benefit my company and you too as my sole representative.You can also write and send me some proposal on how i can invest,what and what my company can put money and be making gains.
You can view this site to know more.
Hence, I Am Inviting You For A Business Deal Where This Money Can Be Shared Between Us In The Ratio Of 50/40 / 10% For Any income expenses that will come During the transfer, If You Agree To My Business Proposal. Further Details Of The Transfer Will Be Forwarded To You As Soon As I Receive Your Return mail.
Have A Great Day.
Mrs. Mary Leen