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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:
- "your humble assistance" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "my names are " (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. H.ABDUL" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 13 May 2018 02:40:38 +0200
Subject: MESSAGE FROM: MRS. H.ABDUL AZIZ DE
After a careful and comprehensive study and analysis of your country’s development and the present investors coming into the country I have decided to invest in your country,thus the reason for this communication. Without wasting much of your time,My names are Mrs. H.ABDUL AZIZ married late Col. FATAH ABDUL AZIZ a Libyan who was shot dead during the civil war in Libya.
My late Husband was loyal companion and a business representative to the late President Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar Al-Gaddafi the former late president of Libya who at one point had a net worth estimated at $200 billion Dollars. Muammar Gaddafi was the longest serving ruler of Libya since the Ottoman Empire, and the longest non-royal ruler still living at the time of his death.
I have 80KG of Gold bars secured in a safe place in Africa and urgently need to be moved out of the country for sales and all plans for the said movement has been properly concluded and I need you to work with me because I intend living and investing in your country for good reasons I contacted you in as much as we don`t know each other in person. I am ready to offer you 30% of the sales for your humble assistance on the successful conclusion of this transaction. Now the question is can I rely on you to work with me in strict confidentiality? If your answer is YES, Kindly get back to me for further details but if your answer is NO, please delete this message from your inbox and forget I ever contacted you.
MRS. H.ABDUL AZIZ