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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:
- "my names are " (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: "Mayan al-Bashir" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 08:36:51 -0600
Subject: Sent from my iPhone
With all due respect, my names are Mayan al-Bashir from South Sudan(I am the Daugher of the Former Sudan President Omar al-Bashir who is presently in prison).
Check the link :https://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/sh1-4-billion-found-bashirs-palace
I am soliciting for your full cooperation to enable me invest a certain amount in your company/business on a long term basis based on trust and mutual understanding.
You will be totally in charge and i will not interfere in the investment in any way as long as you make returns at the end of every year,the Funds will be moved to you
in a secured and confidential way. Am a serious business woman looking to explore new avenues.
Am just looking for someone to help me invest the funds in total confidential. I am sorry to inform you that we can invest because the funds are in cash($350 million
USD),Diamond(Value at $750 Million USD ) and Gold(valued at $950 million USD) if you are serious we can meet in KENYA NOW.
If you are ready to meet please send me the following...
1...Direct mobile number
3...Line of Business
I will call you and fix a meet with you tomorrow.