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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "i will advice you " (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "George" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 18:35:58 +0100
Subject: Your Info
Dear Sir ,
Your contact has been gotten from after a detailed search for a person whom we can jointly claim an estate and also solicit a honorable partnership on investment for Five year.
Please let me know what your response will be for an offer to receive inheritance funds in Europe if:
1. The said fund amounts to Twelve Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars (US) $12.5M.
2. The said fund is in a finance house and will be transferred to you within same company.
3. 50% The fund is intended to be invested through your agency in the purchase and of facility and assets, for this business purposes within your country.
4.This transaction will result in you being paid a commission of 50% off the total funds.
5.The Deal desire absolute confidentiality and professionalism in the handling of this matter.
Upon your acceptance of this offer, i will advice you send me your details such as, Tel number , Residential and Business address.
Please respond urgently.
Fabio Henry George