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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Miss Nidal Aoussa <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Miss Nidal Aoussa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2020 14:57:11 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Urgent Email From Miss Nidal Aoussa.
I am very sorry that my letter may come as a surprise to you since we have never met each other before. I am Miss Nidal Aoussa. I am the only daughter of Cheikh Ag Aoussa, the President of (HCUA) in Mali who was assasinated on the octobre 2016.
I have a business transaction which i solicit your help. It is all about a fund to be transferred in your country for urgent investment on important projects. I want you to guide me and invest this money in your country. This was inherited from my late dad. If you are capable of handling or participate in this transaction, kindly respond quickly through my private emails to enable me give you more details about this fund and how this project shall be carried out. I will accord you 20% of the total fund for your kind assistance. Respond through my private emails addresses.
Miss Nidal Aoussa
Email: ( email@example.com )