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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Muna Jabur" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2020 11:34:07 -0700
Subject: Dearest Friend
My Name is Mrs. Muna Jabur an Iraqi, I am the wife of Late Prof. Dr. Karim Jabur Alghazi,He is the Directorate of Financial control bureau till his death.
I have been sick for 5 years now, thinking to be well again to go and meet my son, I am now receiving treatment in one of the Hospitals here in Iraq, My cancer has affected my heart and I have few weeks to live according to my doctor, I am not worried about my illness or to die but worried about my son and US$5million that we inherited from my husband which he deposited in overseas bank.
My only son is currently now seeking asylum as a refugee and he cannot handle this because he still under age, I was thinking that I will be healthy again to handle the documentation myself but as you can see I can't do anything as my health has failed me
Please I will like you to assist my son to invest part of this fund in your country, 30% of the fund should go to homeless people, 30% to yourself and 40% to my son, remove my son from the refugee camp to your country to the glory of Allah. I will give you full details regarding the transaction as soon as you get back to me.
Have a nice day