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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:
- "million dollars" (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)
- "hundred thousand us dollars" (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Nataicha Latifa Inossa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 2 May 2019 03:41:55 +0000
Subject: From Madam Nataicha Latifa Inossa
I request your co-operation in my desire to find a foreign partner who will assist me in the relocation and investment of a deceased customer's abandoned fund in the bank where i work. i am his personal Accountant before his accidental death.
Furthermore, i would like to share this information with you in line with this inheritance fund (USD $19.3 Million Dollars) Nineteen Million Three Hundred Thousand US Dollars.
I am counting on your sense of confidentiality as it is my desire that you keep this business transaction secret to yourself.
Therefore if you are interested kindly get back to me without further delay for more details on how we could proceed.
Madam Nataicha Latifa Inossa.
My private Phone number and WhatsApp +226- 64-19-73-97