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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr Hamza" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 19:55:17 +0200
Subject: From: Dr. Hamza
I know you might be surprise to get my mail, I got your contact through a random search through via internet which i feel more comfortable to introduce this nature of business to you.Though I never disclose the business I want to propose to you to anybody yet. My name is Dr Hamza Mohammed my friend Ahmed Sulemani, a special assistant to the former Sudanese president. Omar Hassan Ahmad al Bashir,seek the consent of any competent businessman to release the sum of $52 million USD into his care for reinvestment.
This amount was deposited in a financial institution during the last days of the former president when its clear to us that he will not survive the protest that was going on around Khartoum the capital.
He directed my Friend Dr Ahmed Suleiman to procure the amount in the security vault because bank legal deposit will surely attract doomed in the process.
Now my principal ( the former president) is facing trial so he reconfirmed his words by express authority order to his P.A to look for a trustworthy person whom we can collectively work with him to conclude the assignment.
Right now I am leaving out side Sudan, if you are interested in this transaction please send your telephone number to me as to connect you with the administor for further details.