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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Munira Mustafa Al-Qadi" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 17:50:15 +0100
Subject: RE: MAY I SPEAK WITH YOU PLS,
I am looking to put big money in any business opportunity in your country and I need your partnership.
But before I can give details, I want we talk first on the phone to have trust between us because of many internet cheaters.
You can give me your phone number to call you. Or you can call to my secured France line to discuss …. +33 75 394 3372.
Thanking you sincerely for your kindness.
Mrs. Munira Mustafa Al-Qadi,
Wife of Sami Anan, Egypt’s Chief of Staff, in prison in Egypt.
(Maybe you already know my husband's problems with government. Or maybe you check in the google to know).