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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.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:48:19 +0000
Subject: Could you help me in this transaction?
To fill it out, visit:
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 fund amount to Eleven Millions Five Hundred Thousand United States
dollars which i 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 this my private emails addresses
Miss Nidal Aoussa
Email: ( email@example.com )
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