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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:
- "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.
- 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.
- email@example.com (Africamail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. S. Noma" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2020 21:29:50 +0200
This is a Private Transaction. Read very carefully.
I am in position and control of Time Deposit under Non-Disclosure Banking
Act. The fund is US$85,000,000.00 (Eighty Five Million United States
My name is Mrs. Noma Smuts. The Processing Manger and Compliance Unit in
South Africa Mint & Vaults Security Managements. This fund is structured
out from the Fund of Late Libya leader Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi Billions in
South Africa. We have done audit to the state, the Case is closed and
There is no danger involve to you or me today, tomorrow or in the future.
We will move the fund to your facility legally.
The sharing ration will be discussed agreed in principle between us
On your acceptance to this deal, Proof of fund will be given to you for
confirmations along with details on how to move the funds to your facility
by Bank to Bank as loan or investment fund. This deal must be handled with
strict confidential or rather very personal due my sensitive positions.
We will discuss and come to an understanding if the funds will be
transferred in part or whole.
NOTE: View this link for more information on this transaction:
Or on your own type it in google: Gadhafi billions in South Africa.
Mrs. Noma Smuts.