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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:
- "there is no risk involved" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Miss. Doris Yameogo" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2019 19:00:29 -0600
Subject: HELLO DEAREST
May God Bless You Dear,
Please Permit me to inform you my desire of going into a business
relationship with you, my name is Doris Yameogo, I am the only daughter
and the only child of late Mr. Wilfried Yameogo, I am 19 years old single
girl, My father was the former Director of Gold and
Cotton productions and exportation in Burkina Faso Government.
Before the death of my father on Febuary 14,2017, he gave me a deposit
of ($500,000,Dollars) which he deposited in a Bank here in Burkina Faso.
Please i beg you with the name of God to help me and transfer this my
inherited amount of ($500,000,Dollars)into your bank account in your
country and help me come over to your country to start my school,
My wicked uncle who planed and killed my father is now trying to take all
the legal documents of this money out from me that is why i am contacting
you to help me as quick as possible to transfer this money into your bank
account in your country and help me come over to your
country to start my school and start a new life as well in your country.
I will give you 30% of the money for your good and kind assistance to me
and you shall invest my 70% of the money in a good investment that will be
in your control till i finished my education in your country.
Be rest assured that there is no risk involved in this money,is an
inherited money from my late father and i secured all the legal documents
of the money here with me.
I will give you more details about my inheritance money once i hear from you.
I am waiting for your kind reply.