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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Abdul Karim <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 00:27:36 +0000
Subject: URGENT MESSAGE FOR YOU
Dear friend, assalamuâalaikum
Please consider helping me relocate with my fund; for establishment of
an industry in your country. This fund was deposited in our bank by
Mrs. Nina Wang from Hong Kong who died of cancer on April 3rd 2007
without an heir.
A routine notification was sent to her E-mail address, but no
responses. She did not declare her next of kin in the bank official
papers including her real home contacts.
Please to get more of her;
Click here ;( http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6524861.stm)
This fund has been floating in an escrow account, after this year
auditing, which I am the auditor of the bank, we have place an
announcement to who will connect us to the next of kin or her
relation, jet no body has responded, and if I do not remit it out
urgently it will be confiscated by the government as an unclaimed
fund. You will be compensated with 40% for your collaboration to
receive this fund.
I will give you all vital information and clarification when I receive
your interesting reply.
If you are interested in working with me, reply with your information.
Dr. Abdul Karim