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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:
- "dear friend" (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: "Mr.Simon" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 05 Apr 2019 00:44:33 +0200
Subject: KINDLY GET BACK TO ME
I am Mr. Simon Adams; I represent a well-known African family currently living in Political Asylum. I have a very sensitive and private brief from this family to ask for your partnership to re-profile a huge amount of fund. I will give the details, but in summary, the fund is in Custodial Service of one of the prime bank with offices and vault in South Africa where we have a considerable stake on behalf of the investorâs family.
Presently we have established a profiling channel through our financial adviser who has the contact of the top banker officials both in South Africa Reserve bank and Standard bank of South Africa. We need to present you/your Company as a management Consultant to undertake and complete this re-profiling job. This is a legitimate transaction and the fund is 100% safe, secured and risk free.
I propose that you will be compensated with 20% of entire fund for your proposed "management consultation invoiced charges", and your assistance to re-profile this funds appropriately, if am able to reach terms with you.
Should you be interested and willing to work with me in utmost confidence, quietly respond by furnishing me with your corporate profile that will help us to know each other and I will provide further details with an elaborate proposal and comprehensive facts of the offer to you. For Security Reasons, please contact me via email only.
Mr. Simon Adams.