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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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)
- "00,000.00" (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.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: ahmed edelbore <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2021 18:18:12 +0200
Subject: Dear Friend Reply me for more detail
My Name is Mr. Ahmed Edelbore the Chief Operating Officer of CITIZEN
BANK OF AFRICA and I am in need of a reliable foreigner to carry out
this important deal.
An account was opened in my bank by one of my customer in the name of
MR. THOMAS BAHIA a Dutch National from Germany who made a fixed
deposit of $3,500,000.00 (Three Million, Five hundred Thousand United
States Dollars) and never show up again and I later discovered that he
died with his entire family members on a plane crash that occurred in
Libya on the 12th of May 2010 and below is a link for your view..
Now I want to present a foreigner as next of kin to late Thomas so we
can make the claim and you can contact me if you are interested so I
can give you more detailed information about this transaction. For the
sharing of the money will be shared in the ratio of 50% for me, 50%
Please, this is the right time for this deal after my studies
Mr. Ahmed Edelbore
Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone +228 90030856