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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 state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Aisha Al-Qaddafi." <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2021 19:03:10 +0400
Subject: Assalamu Alaikum,
Greetings to you from the city of Muscat Oman, may i use this medium
to open a mutual communication with you seeking your assistance
towards investing in your country under your management as my partner.
My name is Aisha Al-Qaddafi the only biological daughter of late
Libyan President (Late Colonel Muammar Al-Qaddafi). i am a Widow with
three Children, I'm currently living in Muscat Oman under political
asylum protection by the Oman Government.
I have investment funds worth $27,500,000.00 USD âTwenty Seven
Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollarsâ which i want to
entrust on you for investment project in your country because of my
current refugee status. If you are willing to handle this project on
my behalf, kindly reply urgently to enable me provide you more
information about the investment funds.