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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "trunk box" (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)
- "trunk boxes" (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)
- "hundred thousand united states 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 orphan scam.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "AB" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2019 07:14:08 -0700
Subject: WRITE ME BACK
I'm Abel Omari from South Sudan, but presently living in Benin Republic with my little sister Lisa. due to
our condition since the death of our parents. However, I write to seek your help and cooperation to
help us retrieve our safety box which was deposited by my late father in a Security Vault in another
continent. The trunk box that was deposited to the security Vault by my late father contains the total s
um of US$7.5 Million [Seven Million,Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars]
There is another smaller box also which contains 57kilos of gold bar and gold dust plus 1500carat of
If you will be interested,I will give you full details and connect you with the security Company so you
can make the claims of the trunk boxes on our behal.Then you will help us process our traveling d
ocuments to relocate to your country and continue our education.
I and my sister have agreed to compensate you with 20% of the fund.Then,you will advise us and
develop a good investment project that will yielding us profit, before we complete our education.
You will be in charge of the investment and you will also be entitled to a percentage agreed upon from
I am expecting your urgent response to my private email :
Thank you and God bless,
Abel & Lisa Omari