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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:
- "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)
- "chief auditor" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2019 05:38:18 +0100
Subject: Dear sir,,,,,1
My name is Lucky Yobah,I am the son of late father Joseph Yobah who was the chief auditor to Omar Al Bashir the president of Sudan.We are Kenya by nationality but my late father worked in Sudan and i was born and brought up in Sudan.
My late father was the one who was controlling the funds of Omar Al Bashir.
My father died that is why Omar Al Bashir is having corruption cases with his officials,and they are all in Sudan prison.
My father died last year.
When my father was alive he deposited Trunk boxes that contains $40 million in one of the security company in Spain/Madrid.No one knows about this thing am telling you.My father is no more alive,and the funds is free for me.Because he made me the next of kin.
Sir,i want you to help me invest this funds into a good business that will let my life going.
Sir,after reading this email reply back to me so that we can talk more.If you have more questions please ask,because all the detail are with me.
When you reply we will discuss the percentage that i will give to you.We need to discuss your %.
I am waiting to hear from you .