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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",500,000" (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 mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2019 21:36:38 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: As salamu alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu
Anyway i really appreciate your time which you sacrificed to respond to my =
message. My heart is full of joy in welcoming you to my life. I pray that G=
od who has brought us together through this way will guide and lead us to t=
he right part My name is Miss. Aisha Younes,I am a Muslim girl originated f=
rom Benghazi- Libya , North Africa, My father late General Abdel Fattah You=
nes who was shot death by Islamist-linked militia within the anti-Gaddafi f=
orces on 28th July, 2011 as result of civil war that going on in my country=
Libya. I am now writing to seek your assistance from Dakar,Senegal where i=
managed to escaped peaceful country through the help of United Nation, and=
now seeking asylum in Carita's orphanage home here in Dakar, Senegal, you =
can find more of my story through the BBC / https://u13514687.ct.sendgrid.n=
Top Libyan rebel commander killed Libyan rebel military chief Abdel Fattah=
Younes is killed after being called for questioning over alleged Gaddafi l=
inks, rebel leaders announce. www.bbc.co.uk Meanwhile, the main reason why =
i am seeking for your assistance is because of some money my late father de=
posited in one of the banks which the amount is ( Six Million and Five Hund=
red Thousand Dollars ) ( $6,500,000:00 ). It is my intention to compensate =
you with 30% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be =
our capital in your establishment. Honestly, i have tried everything possib=
le to claim the money, unfortunately i failed because of our refugee status=
. However, i have being advised by the bank manager to look for foreign par=
tner who will help me claim the fund because the bank officials will not re=
lease the fund due to my refugee status. Please get back to me if you are i=
nteresting by assisting me claim the fund, so that i will give you all the =
details / contact of the bank where the fund are deposited. I want the fund=
to be transferred into your account before i can come over to join you for=
me to come over to your country and continue my education i was in the sch=
ool of aviation before the incident that lead to the war started and As soo=
n as i receive your interest in assisting me, we will put things into actio=
n immediately. In the light of the above, i shall appreciate an urgent mess=
age indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sinc=
erely. attach here is my photo and my Refugee ID card,Please i will like yo=
u to write back to me if you are capable to help me but if you are not capa=
ble to help me there is no problem it will not stop us being friends,Please=
as i told you before i have all the document with me here to claim this mo=
ney. Foremost , I will be very much glad to hear your sweet voice on phone =
so please try and contact me through my phone here (+221 76024 4569=20