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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:
- "god-fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Solomon Adams" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 25 May 2019 17:32:16 -0700
Subject: [SPAM 3: R1] REPLY ME FAST
Good Day to you.
How are you and the members of the family.I hope they are fine.I got your contact through a Christian lady,according to her you are a trustworthy person and God-fearing who can assist me in areas of investment.
My name is Solomon Adams,a Congo by nationality and i an 18 years old
I am the eldest son of late Dr.Davidson Solomon who was the Owner of Ewoma Gold and Diamond Company in Congo,who was killed recently at the Congo war.
After the death of my father,our family lawyer brought some document showing that my father deposited 20 Million u.s Dollars and 5m.KG of Gold and in a private security company in Accra,Ghana.My name were used as the next of kin.
What I want you to help me to do,is to assist me carry the money to your country for investment,but if you can not come to Ghana i and my family will work out the modalities As on how the money could be sent to you through diplomatic means.We have agreed to compensate you with 10% of the total amount,while 2% would be used for any expenses that may happened during the transition.
My hearing from you i shall furnish you in full and will have all the documents with us in the refugee camp in Ghana.
I wait your reply
Solomon Adams(for the family)