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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:
- "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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Miss Marie Liu <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:38:41 +0300
Subject: Please be my Partner I am Miss Marie Liu single 28years woman,
Hello I want to partner with you,
Please be my Partner I am Miss Marie Liu single 28years woman, I came
across your contact address while searching for someone to help me, I
lost my parents and want you to stand as my foreign trustee to retrieve
and invest â¬12.400,000.00 EURO which I inherited from my late parent. I
tried to get this money out from the bank , but the management refused
because of my age. I am ready to give you 25% of the whole money at the
completion of the transaction i have some money in my private account to
complete this transaction, Kindly indicate if youâre interested in
partnering with me to enable me give you more details. Please do bear
with me as I am trying to make this transaction well secured for us, you
should forward me your details as stated below which I will take it
down, before i have information of my late father Attorney to contact
you after going through your details to the bank.
Note: I have been scam so many times from my partners after confirming
the first payment they ran away, I believe you are different person. Let
me know if you are interested to be my partner for more details.
Regards, Miss. Marie Liu Qiao
Beijing Hutong School Shanghai Hutong nr.
8 -Jiu Gulou Dajie 100009 Xicheng District Beijing China.