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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:
- "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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "% will be for you" (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)
- "my names are " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "i got your email address from " (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Comrade Des van Rooyen" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2019 04:56:47 -0700
Subject: STRICTLY PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL
From: Comrade Des van Rooyen halbero21
Republic of South Africa =
Please permit me to write to you irrespective of the fact we have not met b=
efore. My names are Comrade Des van Rooyen as indicated above; former Minis=
ter of =
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and thereafter Minister of F=
inance of the Republic of South Africa.
I write this proposal which I believe would be of great interest to you and=
for your consideration, and I also apologize for intruding into your priva=
email address because I know that this e-mail will come to you as a surpris=
e. But however strange or surprising this contact might seem to you as we h=
ave not =
met personally or had any dealings in the past, to this infect, I humbly as=
k that you take due consideration of its importance and immense benefit it =
will be =
to both of us. Please do not despair because I got your email address from =
a business advertising website on the Internet before making my contact wit=
I am in search of an Agent/Business person to assist me and my former princ=
ipal, Former president of the republic, Comrade Jacob Zuma in transferring =
the sum =
of $12,500,000 (Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States dollars=
) and subsequently invest it in Property / Real Estate Ventures. In case yo=
u wonder =
the source of fund, during my time as the Finance Minister we over-invoiced=
a contract and deposited the proceed in a secured bank/ finance house in R=
Madrid, Spain with hope of using it after our retirement.
But due to the ongoing state capture which implicates me and my principal, =
we have decided to transfer this money out of where it is currently deposit=
presenting you as the beneficiary to avoid the searchlight of the governmen=
t of the day. =
Presently, I am incapacitated to travel out of the country due to the fact =
that my travelling documents was seized by the investigating officers and t=
government of the day but I will delegate my trusted partner upon receipt o=
f your response to this mail so that you will communicate directly with him=
on the =
Subject to formal partnership agreement, we are prepared to share this fund=
with you on the following terms: 35% will be for you, 10% for transaction =
expenses that will be made from both ends 55% will be for me and my princip=
al. If you are interested in dealing with us on these terms, please let me =
know so =
that I make you a formal offer to partner with us and forward to you the pr=
oposed strategy or plan of transfer of the fund.
Please include your direct mobile telephone number in your reply to this ma=
il for easier communication.
Comrade Des van Rooyen