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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr.Adara Goke." (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2019 22:28:54 +0100
Subject: You need to know this PLEASE!!!
Dear Esteem friend,
I crave your indulgence to assist in a discreet business matter,but first,let me introduce myself to you briefly,I am Dr.Goke Adara,the Personal Assistant to Retired Col.Sambo Dasuki,the former National Security Adviser(NSA)to the last President of Nigeria,President G.Jonathan.
At the Moment,Retired Col.Sambo Dasuki is being persecuted by the new Government because of his loyalty to the outgone Government,he is even at the moment in jail and his wealth is seriously under threat of confiscation.
Please see this link to be further informed;
Where your help is needed is that there is an amount of US$55Million that we seek your help to safekeep,can you help?
Please get back to me urgently.