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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:
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Lungisa Fuzile" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:13:36 -0700
Subject: ( reply )
its me Mr Fuzile,Former Director-General of National Treasury, South Africa,And current ceo of standard bank S.A married with one Daughter.
I got your contact information in the public records while searching for a similar name to a late Business Magnate and contractor whom i was his accounts officer, who
died with his family during that TSUNAMI in INDONESIA and BALI that occurred in December 2004,leaving no person as the next of kin that would have inherited this
I am contacting you based on trust and confidentiality attached to this transaction.as this fund can only be approved to be released to a foreigner with the basic
information's. the good news is that this transaction is 100% risk free and I have worked all out to complete the operation effectively on hearing from you. Once this
fund is released to you,it will be shared in the ratio of 40% for you, and 60% for me , which is ($ 7 . 0 4 Mi llion for you) and ($11.04 Mill ion for me). because of
the circumstances and urgency surrounding this venture, I decided to reach you today via this medium to cooperate with me and secure this Money before it is seized or
confiscated by the authorities.once i present you as the located next of kin,the money will be released to you with immediate effect.I Expect to hear from you quickly
via reply email.
Mr Lungisa Fuzile