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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: "Selma Bachir." <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 13:33:51 +0200
Subject: Re: Business Partnership
Allah bless you,
I am Mrs Selma Bachir from Aleppo Arab Republic of Syria. I'm a Muslim
woman, I'm engaged in selling Jewelries/Diamond/Gold here in Syria,
Because of on going bloody war here in Syria my shop's and home was
destroyed by rebels all my jewelries which worth much money was
I wish to seek for a business venture/partnership in your country
which i want to invest and partner with you for a good profiting
business in your country with my last resort deposited in a foreign
Kindly advise me on good profitable business in your country. I have
the Financial capital to start up a good business If we can develop a
good business relationship and invest together as good partners,
I am hoping to receive your reply today for a good business partnership,