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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:
- "million 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "MRS SANNEH" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 18 May 2018 07:10:08 +0100
Subject: INVESTMENT PARTNER NEEDED finance
I am Mrs. Sanneh Ebrima from Gambia but presently in exile for safety with my four children. I got your contact from web business directory.
Honestly, I am not a business woman. My late husband was personal security officer to exile Gambia former leader Yahya Jammeh who goes into exile ending his 22 year reign as Gambia president.
Please read through this news for better understanding.
I am seeking for an investment partner who can manage $13 million dollars and initiate a good investment.
Send me your Information ;
1] Your name in full.
2] Your address.
3] Direct contact number and most private email.
I shall give you further details upon your response.