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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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Adolf Kasaija Mwesige" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2019 12:08:02 -0700
Subject: I am waiting to hear from you
It is my pleasure to reach you through this medium, by the way of introduction: I am Bar. Adolf Kasaija Mwesige, a Ugandan, Advocate and secrete personal consultant to the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted and arrested through military coup on Apr 11, 2019.
I am writing on behalf of my client wife, Widad Babiker Omer who mandated me to look for reliable foreign counterpart to collaborate with her in handling some pressing issues in preparation for the outcome of her husband case, especially to device means of moving the consignment what of US$500,000,000.00 deposited with Security Company in Uganda out of Africa continent.
I will furnish you with more detail on this issue and possibly arrange meeting with you and my client once I get your feedback.
Adolf Kasaija Mwesige