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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:
- "hundred thousand 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Douce <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 04 Jan 2020 15:44:02 -0800
I have a business which I intend to
establish in your country. In Case you're interested, then please kindly get
back to me for more details only if you are capable of handling five million,
Five hundred thousand United States Dollars for investments purpose in your country.Â
Therefore I want you to help me transfer
and receive my funds into your account in your country for investment purpose
on these areas which you may choose:
Oil & Gas, Healthcare, Aviation,
Tourism, Retail, Construction, IT & Communications ,Education, Technology,
Energy, Engineering, Telecoms, Mining, Maritime, sustainable energy and
Transport , five-star hotel manufacturing and real estate Management Company,
Construction management, Tobacco, Agriculture and fishery, Stock market
investment and livestock, hospital equipment.
What percentage of the total amount in
question will be good for you after the money is in your account?Â
I will be humbly waiting for your soonest