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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Janneth George <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2021 16:49:55 +0000
Subject: Greetings to you my dear!!
Greetings, my dear
I am writing to you based on your good profile. I am in search of a
property to buy in your country; I intended to come over to your
country for investment? I believe that I have to partner with a
citizen to be safe in investing in your country. My name is
Mrs.Janneth George, My late husband deals in Crude Oil with the
Federal Government of Sudan and we have a personal Oil firm in Bentiu
Oil zone town and Upper Nile city.
What I have experience physically, I don't wish to experience it again
in my life due to the recent civil and Ethnic crises caused by our
President Mr. Salva Kiir and the rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar, I have
been Under United Nation refugee camp in Chad to save my life and that
of my little daughter.
I want to solicit for your partnership with trust to transfer and
invest the sum of (Ten million Five Hundred Thousand British Pounds
Sterling) deposited by my late husband to your country, because my
life is no longer safe in our country, since the rebels are looking
for the families of all the oil business men in the country to kill,
saying that they are the people that is milking the country dry.
Though, I do not know how you will feel about my proposal, but the
truth is that I sneaked into Chad, our neighboring country where I am
living now as a refugee. I escaped with my little daughter when the
rebels burst into our house and killed my husband as one of the big
oil dealers in the country, ever since then, I have been on the run. I
left my country and move to Chad our neighboring country with the
little ceasefire we had, due to the face to face peace meeting accord
coordinated by the former US Secretary of State, and United Nations in
Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) between our President Mr. Salva Kiir and the
rebel leader Dr Riek Machar to stop this war.
I am presently in a camp in Cote d'Ivoire with my daughter. I moved
out from our neighboring country Chad, because Chad is a poor country,
they are not able to take care of all the numerous refugees that came
out from our country.
Let me know if you are willing and capable of assisting us in getting
this fund transferred to your overseas bank account so that I can give
you more information on how you can get in contact with the bank where
my late husband deposited this fund when he was alive.
With love from
Mrs Janneth George