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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- ",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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Amir Alladin" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2019 16:51:00 +0300
Subject: I am interested in buying properties and other investments in your country
I am Mr Amir Alladin from Syria, I am interested in buying properties and other investments in your country with your assistance, I would like to learn
more about your country's culture and other interesting lucrative business in your country, I also would like more information about theses projects so that I can learn more about the investment project in your country and clarify your plan.
I was a businessman in Aleppo before the civil war, My business has been destroyed by the war. Our economy has collapsed since 2012, there are no meaningful economic activities going on in Syria, and there will none for the foreseeable future even if the war stops today as it will take more than Four decades to re-build our infrastructure and our economy.
I want my daughter to emigrate to your country but not as a refugee rather as an investor as I still have a substantial part of my cash (US$48,000,000,00). For me, I am seriously sick for Eight Months now, I have Chronic Lymphoid
Leukeamia and cancer of the Bone Marrow, According to my Doctors I have no much time to live. This is why I found it wise to contact a business person in your country to help me since this country won't be safe for my 11 year old daughter
I wish for a prompt response from you regarding this email, Kindly contact me on this email: email@example.com
Mr. Amir Alladin .