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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million united states 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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "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: Mrs Ann Ibe <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 05:22:52 +0100
Subject: PROJECT FUNDING
Attn Dear Friend,
With due respect, I observe every protocols and pay all due
compliments.I am interested in establishing and operating a very
viable business as a means of investment abroad. I do not know too
well on how this is done in your country, so I will need you to help
me in this regard. My prefer is any good profit yielding business and
I would appreciate any viable ideas you could come up with. I will
also need you to help me look for properties like Homes and Lands for
sale as I am proposing to invest the sum of Twenty Million United
States Dollars ($20,000,000.00 USD) for this. I do not know if you can
handle this and will be of help to me.
For a brief on my personality; my name is Mrs Ann I.Mario,i am 64
years of age,wife of Late Mr Norbert Mario,from Scotland based in
Turkey who is a retired Business man died 8 years ago, formally he is
into Solar and Recycling Energy,Crude Oil and Gold.. Married with 4
lovely kids.I dropped my late husbands Shipping business because it
wasn't producing profitable income. I have had so much problems with
the TURKISH Authority just because I am foreigner and my husband is
know more. coupled with the corruption rate and recent terrorist
activity in the country.Hence my need for this business preposition
and to acquire these properties is very urgent as I am planning to
move out of this country with my family down to your country. I want
you to also help in finding a good home where my family and I will
live in. (Mini Estate)Please I expect your good and prompt reply so
that we can proceed swiftly.
I will need your phone and fax numbers for easier communication with you.
Please if you are not interested kindly delete the message.
Waiting your swift response,
Mrs Ann I.Mario