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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:
- "the consignment" (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)
- "consignment " (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 orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Komoh Kamara" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 21:06:54 +0100
Subject: Dear Good Friend.
Dear Good Friend.
I pray God this message reaches you in wonderful spirit.I am making this contact with you based on trust and confidence irrespective of the fact that we have not meet before and because of the nature of the situation I found myself, I am Komoh Kamara the son of late former Minister Of Mines and Natural Resource during the time of Major Koromah,the former Military Head of State of the Republic of Sierra Leone,who was massacred by President Tinjani Kabbah force in their struggle to re-instate him back to power. My brother and I are refugee here in since the death of our father, because of the condition of his death.
Before the death of my father some months ago he disclosed to me some money he had deposited in my name in a neighboring country in West-Africa. The total amount of the money is $8.5 Million , US dollars and 50kg gold in a security vault in the West Africa neighboring country, The document regarding this consignment was handed over to me by my father before his death, I carefully searched and found the security Company where I Confirmed that the consignment were deposited for safe Keeping in their security vault in the neighboring Country. The content were deposited as a family valuable,by Virtue of right as the son of my late father, the Security Company has accepted to release the consignment actually.
I am seeking your assistance because my father has declared the record with the security company stating that his foreign partner form oversea shall be authorized person to make claim on this consignment because of his position government on which no name was given by my father as his foreign partner. To this effect, I request to make the beneficiary of His consignment in your name as foreign partner to Claim this consignment. For your assistance, room is Open for negotiations. This is a risk free transaction As my father deposited this valuable as a personal Belonging. In this situation every process to completely move This valuable may not exceed (3) working days,if your co-operation to assist is sort. I shall be very Grateful to hear from you, all documents concerning this are intact with me, please kindly reach me as Soon as possible .
Kindly provide me with the following information.
Your direct telephone number and fax
Your Personal Email address contacts