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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:
- "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.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Arabella" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 02:08:28 -0700
Subject: Re:Reply my message please
With regards to your email - I got it during my private search for reliable individuals. Therefore, I sincerely hope this will not constitute any sort of embarrassment to you at all.
My name is Mrs. Arabella Audo, and I am Curious to know whether you'll be interested in assisting to help me invest my late Husband's fund in Malaysia.
However it involves Usd$4.3Million and I would honestly prefer to have it done as discreetly as possible by someone who is ambitious and willing to earn a lot through JV Partnership. Furthermore, I must reassure you that you are not required to do anything illegitimate to secure these funds in investment purposes in your Malaysia.
With this understanding, we can then move forward and begin working towards a business relations that would yield serious financial gain through our joint efforts in the event you'll be interested, and we can be honest, sincere, and transparent in whatever we do, resulting in a long term business relations....then I'm prepared to work with you and to Give you the sum of Usd$800,000.00 for assisting me to received the fund into your bank account.It will 2 days to transfer the fund into your bank account South Korea.
Kindly reply with your contact telephone numbers ,You can contact me through this my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
More details will be given as soon as you indicate your interest.
Thanks for your time and welcome a positive response
Mrs. Arabella Audo