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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million us 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)
- ",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)
- "await your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Tha Meemak Udom_" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2019 12:41:20 +0300
Subject: Hello Sir/Madam, Good News..78
I am THA MEEMAK UDOM I work in the Auditing Operation Department of a
security Firm here in London-UK, but presently in Dubai on official
assignment/delivery. I believe and feel quite safe revealing this
important business and will be glad to execute it with you if you are
My assurance to you is that this transaction is 100% risk free to both
parties. I am only contacting you who are a foreigner because the
Security Company is going to welcome you if I present you as the
benefactor that has correct information/details about the said
Please I will like you to (view) log on to
maps/hariri-rafic for more information and proper understanding
About the deceased depositor of the said fund before reading further.
On February 14, 2005 Hariri was assassinated by a massive car bomb
explosion next to his motorcade in Beirut. He was 60 years old. He is
survived by his wife, Nazek,and six children. More than a dozen other
people were also killed in the bombing. During my last cash trunks
auditing, I discovered that Rafik Bahaa Edine Hariri made Safe
Deposit[TWO CASH TRUNKS] in our Security Company which he left with no
My investigation revealed to me as well that his company and family do
not know anything about this particular deposit, and this deposit has
been dormant since 2005 because nobody knows that such deposit exists,
hence I contacted you.
The amount is US$28,000,000.00 (Twenty Eight Million US Dollars Only)
sealed in two cash trunks and this cash trunks containing the fund
will be released to you if you can co-operate with me. I need your
full co-operation to make this work out fine.
I will use my position to influence and effect legal approvals and
immediate release/delivery of the cash trunks containing the said
deposit,directly to you in your country.
NOTE: Your business status does not matter in this transaction, what
matters is your ability to handle the amount of this magnitude.
As soon as the transfer is concluded, you will retain 33% of the total
sum as compensation for your assistance,while 67% will be for me and
Await your urgent response
Tha Meemak Udom
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