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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million us 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)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: 523024447 523024447 <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 04:00:11 -0700
Subject: Partnership Investment proposal In Your Country
Partnership Investment proposal In Your Country
I'm James Majok the son of Late Chief Majok Peter a politician and also a
Gold/Diamond Mining merchant in my country SOUTH SUDAN Africa now i am in
Ghana on political asylum due to Ghanaâs political stability, for security
i have a substantial sum amount of funds deposited 7.5 million US
Dollars with 35 killigram of gold and one jug of Diamond left behind by my
late father before his death that why i write you today for investent with
you in your country,
A capital honourably intend for jointly investment with you in your country
legally as my partner into a lucrative business of Real Estate Investment
venture based on your advice and directive. The essence of this mail is to
open up communication with you to enable us know each other as regards to
plans to invest my funds judiciously with you then i can continue my
Finally,Please i will be happy to meet with you in person first before we
start this partnership business together and i am Prepared to reward you
of the total sum all i require from you is your kind honesty and Godly
assistance even when the fund is transferred to your country then 5% will
be set-out side for
micilinion expenses that will occur along the line.
Looking forward for hearing from you and kindly reply me on my Private
Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and urgently call me on my Phone number
give me your phone/fax number and your private email for more details.
Awaiting your urgent reply.
James Majok (Son)