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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:
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: FATIMA GIDA <Fatimagida@yahoo.com>
Subject: BUSINESS PARTNER NEEDED
I MISS FATIMA GIDA AN ORPHAN AT THE AGE OF 6 YEARS OLD, MY FAMILY DIED IN A MOTO CAR CRASHED ON A MOTO WAY. I WAS PUT IN AN ORPHANGE HOME WERE I GREW UP. AGE 14 I WAS ADOPTED BY MY NEW MUM Diezani Alison-Madueke. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diezani_Alison-Madueke AS HER MOST TRUSTED CHILD, SHE TRUSTED ME WITH MOST THINGS. I DID KNOW SHE WAS IN NIGERIA GOVERMENT, ONE FAITHFULL DAY SHE CAME HOME AND GIVE ME A METAL BOX INSIDE THE BOX WAS $60MILLION USD. I WAS TOLD ME TO HIDE IT AWAY, I DID AS SHE SAID.
AS I WAS WATCHING THE NEWS I SAW SHE WAS ARRESTED IN LONDON UK. https://news.sky.com/story/nigerian-court-seizes-56-houses-linked-to-ex-oil-minister-diezani-alison-madueke-11077348 . I HAVE TO LIVE HER BUILDING WITH THE BOX-$60MILLION USD. I CANT TOUCH OR USE THE FUND IN THAT BOX IN MY COUNTRY TO AVOID PEOPLE WATCHING ME. I NEED YOU TO HELP RECIEVE THIS FUND OF $60MILLION USD IN YOUR COUNTRY AS I HAVE MAKE ARRANGEMENT ON HOW IT CAN GET TO YOU, IT SECURITY RISK FREE. ONCE THE FUNDS GET TO YOU I WILL MEET YOU IN YOUR COUNTRY FOR A PRIVATE BETTER LIFE. YOU WILL TAKE 30% OF THE TOTAL SUM AND 10% FOR ANY MISCELLANEOUS. PLEASE HELP AN ORPHAN FOR A BETTER LIFE, AS I AM STOCK IN MY HIDEN PLACE, SINCE MY NEW MUM IS ARRESTED GOING THROUGH ONE CURT CASE OR ANOTHER. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/nigeria-seizes-21m-linked-diezani-alison-madueke-170828185617954.html
GOD WANT YOU TO HELP THE NEEDY
PLS REPLY TO FATIMAGIDA@GMX.COM