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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.
- 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)
- 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: "Amsah H. Awad" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2018 19:10:57 -0000
Subject: Investment Proposal.
Attn: To whom it may concern.
Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
My name is Miss. Amsah Hidayah Awad. I'm from Al Jahra', State of Kuwait. I'm interested in establishing and operating a very lucrative business as a means of investment in your country. My preference intends to be any good profit yielding business and I would appreciate any viable ideas you could come up with. I'm proposing to invest the sum of Five Million United States Dollars ($6,800,000 USD) for this. I don't know if you can be of help to me.
In recent times, I've been having issues with my uncle based on my late dad's shares. I had to take every necessary precaution in other to sell off the shares without his notice and elope to Malaysia. During my visit to Malaysia, I made enquirers on certain companies that usually help in the aspect of safekeeping investment funds and a specific company known as E-SECURE INTERNATIONAL was the best option for me in terms of security and immunity aspect. On the deposit I made with the company, I was given a mandate of 1year.
I had a call from the company days back in other to remind me of the fund deposit I made with there company as it is already 6months in which I and the company agreed upon for safe keeping. Considering the issues and contention with my uncle,i can't travel to Malaysia in other to secure the fund I deposited with the company. I've been exempted from traveling until the issue I am having with my uncle has been resolved.
Due to my present state, I need your help in terms of traveling to Malaysia in other to secure the fund for me. I spoke with the company days back seeking if it is possible for me to appoint someone to come secure the fund. There respond to me was positive and instructed that I should send a copy of the CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT, there OFFICE NUMBER and ADDRESS to whomever I appoint that will be responsible for the fund pickup. In doing this,i am willing to offer you 30% of any investment done with the fund.
All I need is your reliability in doing this and every further details and contact of the company will be provided based on your determination in handling this. I'll be expecting a response from you as soon as possible. Your cooperation in this regard will be highly appreciated. Feel free to write me via email@example.com for more details
Miss. Amsah H. Awad.