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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:
- "the consignment" (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)
- "consignment " (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: "Ahmed" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 9 Nov 2019 16:26:57 -0800
Subject: Hello My Good Friend please reply back,
Hello My Good Friend ,
How are you doing? I am Mr Ahmed Ali from Tanzania, After going through your profile, i know i don't know you before but i think i can trust you with my whole heart considering the urgency of this transaction.
I was a personal driver to Al-Hassan from Libya who was crude oil multi Millionaire and Contractor but during the war in Libya, they rebels killed him and his family because they said he has connection with Gaddafi but i was able to made away with three truck consignment boxes that contained $30 million USA dollar,550kg of gold bars and 4000 carats of Diamonds.
I moved the consignments out of Libya through the Assistance of United Nation Diplomat who moved the boxes gold diamond and $30m to Accra Ghana and deposit the boxes with a private security company for safe keeping, . And i told the Diplomats in Accra Ghana that this consignment boxes are for my foreign partner and he has the right to come for the claim of the boxes
I want to use part of the money to build orphanage homes,schools and hospitals.
I want you to assist me to claim the consignments and invest it in your country for me. I have mapped out 40% for you as your commission of assistance then 60% will go for my investment in your country under your care and you will manage the investment for me.If you are interested, let me know asap and send me your full name and telephone number for more details .Tell me little about yourself and family
Mr Ahmed Ali