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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:
- "million 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)
- 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: "Cadona Marrinez" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:34:16 -0500
Subject: We need partnership for Investment!!!!!!
Good Day Sir/Madam,
My name is Solcitor Cadona Martinez one of the aid to the former president of the Republic of South Africa Jacob zuma who resigned from his position due to political pressure from his opponents within his own party. It is no longer news that since his resignations from office, he has been subjected to series of political persecutions and prosecution from the government and his political enemies.
However, I am pleased to confidentially bring to your attention that during the reign of my boss, He has some funds moved and deposited outside his country in Turkey, Istanbul involving the sums of $87M Eighty seven Million Dollars These funds was deposited in my name with the instructions of my boss his excellency Dr Jacob Zuma and it has now became very imperative that such funds should be moved out from where ever it is deposited to a more safer place and for investment purposes hence my contact with you at this moment.
I am only soliciting your support to work together and move the funds to your country so that the funds will be safer because the south Africa government has vowed to confiscate all funds and properties acquired by my boss within and outside the country and the good thing was that these particular funds was deposited in my own name under his instructions.
In fact, It is important for me to let you know that the funds in question can not be invested under my name because of the fact that i worked with Dr Zuma and anything done in my name will be linked directly to him.I want to front you as the owner of the funds and thereby getting you the relevant documentations and the change of ownership so that the funds can be moved to you for safe keeping and investment in real estate within your country or any other place as you may deem it fit.
We will discuss the terms and modalities as soon as i hear from you.
Please kindly get back to me as soon as you read this email for more information and i will appreciate you drop your phone number to enable me have a heart to heart discussion.My Private Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to your response.
solicitor Cadona Martinez