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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:
- ",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)
- "chambers" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: EngrsaleeM MuhammaD <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:29:00 +0100
Subject: I WANT TO INVEST
Greeting in the name of ALLAH the most Merciful
My Name is ENG Muhammad from Damascus SYRIA
I am now 64 years Old, and I am now a retired government official. I
was former personal investor & financial consultant advisers to Syrian
I got your Contact through Chambers & Commerce Industry Yellow Page and I
decided to contact you directly to ask you if you know any Lucrative
Business Investment in your Country I can invest my Money since my Country
Syria Security and Economic Independent has lost to the Greatest Lower
level, and our Culture has lost forever including our happiness has been
taken away from us.
Our Country has been on fire for many years now and I will like to
relocate my family out from Syria.
I need a foreign partner to enable me transport my investment capital and
then Relocate with my family, honestly I wish I will discuss more and get
I need a partner because I do not have any bank account outside Syria. Am
interested in buying
Properties houses, Building real estate and some tourist places, my capital
for investment is $25,000,000.00, million
You may as well tell me little more about yourself. Contact me urgently for
your good responds Email address: email@example.com
SINCERELY YOURS ENG SALEEM MUHAMMAD