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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 sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "the consignment" (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)
- "consignment " (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 united states 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: "Mrs. melissa J Milla" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 22:38:47 -0700
Subject: Good Day Dear Your Urgent Attention Please
987 Old Street Square
KLL87A 99GD, South Africa
My Name is Mrs. Melissa Jimmy Milla; I know this will be a surprise to you. Please consider this message as a request from a family in dares need of your help. I am the Wife of Mr. Jimmy Lemi Milla, from Sudan Darfur, My husband Mr. Jimmy Lemi Milla, was the owner of Omar Sea Food Industry in Darfur region and a Farm Land in Darfur region and supplier of Central African Countries with sea food till the Government find out that Darfur region was rich on Oil and Mineral Resources which was discovered by an individual Group called Organization Rebel Movement.
The Government and Rebel Movement are fighting over who will inherit the Darfur region because of the Oil discovered and Rebel Movement are killing all the people in Darfur region to enable them inherit the land, and my husband was murdered and Sea Food Industry was burnt down. Before then, my husband had moved (US$35.5m) Thirty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ) to South Africa for establishment of another branch in Southern Africa, the Fund was deposited in a private Security & Finance Company in the name of my son Mr.Patrick Lemi Milla as the beneficiary.
My husband was killed because of the Oil discovered in our Farm Land since the murderer's, Rebel Movement believed once my husband is killed they will have no challenge in taking over the Land. Now the Rebel Movement turned against us looking for the remaining existing family
Of Lemi in order to achieve their aim and objective. We decided to leave Darfur to South Africa, Now all the documents issued when the consignment was deposited has been handed over to our family Lawyer in South Africa who assisted my late husband when the consignment was safely deposited.
The financial laws in South Africa on Refugees do not warrant us to invest the funds here as we cannot operate any bank account that is why we decided to look for a Foreign Partner who will assist us in moving the funds out of South Africa for my family investment. We have decided to offer you 20% of the total amount, 5% mapped out to defray all expenses that will be incurred during the process of concluding the transaction, while the remaining 75% will be for my family and will be invested in your country under your management.
Immediately you receive this E-mail, kindly contact us i am here with my son Mr. Patrick Lemi Milla on the below stated email address for proceedings due to my poor English and old age. My son have been mandated to over-see the transaction with the support of my family Lawyer. Looking forward to hearing from you soonest. You can see everything on this site https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-12403620
God bless you Abundantly
Mrs. melissa Jimmy Milla (For the family)