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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:
- "might come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- "can i trust you?" (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: Mr Muazzam abbas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2021 00:34:29 +0000
Subject: Gen. Muazzam Abbas
How are you doing today?
I am General Muazzam Abbas, A General in the US Army but presently in Yemen
for a peace keeping mission. I am 60 years old and I am a widower and I
have a son, heâs 16 years old. I sincerely apologize for intruding into
your privacy, this might come to you as a surprise but I have to summon
courage to contact you based on the urgency of things.
THE MAIN POINT I CONTACTED YOU:
Some money in various currencies where discovered in Baghdad neighborhood
in the middle East during a rescue operation in Iraq War, and it was agreed
between Sergeant Kenneth Buff and myself that to keep part of the money
with us because we know the government donât take care of us after
retirement or take care of our family if any bad happens to us even if we
die in the line of duty and based on this fact I took a total sum of ($10
Million US Dollars) as my own share , I kept this money in a bank in for a
long while now.
Now, that particular WAR in Iraq is over for long, and all possible
problems that could have linked us from the shared money has been totally
cleaned up and all files closed, all what was discovered in the Middle East
at that time is no more discussed, I am now ready to retire from the US
Army by the end of this year, but I need a trustworthy person that can help
me receive the funds and keep it safe while i work on my retirement letter
and come to your country so that we can discuss on a lucrative business
together with the money.
You can confirm the discovery of the funds by clicking on this web site.
Iâm seeking your kind assistance to move the $10 Million US Dollars to your
country as long as you can assure me that the money will be safe in your
care until I complete my service here in (YEMEN) before the end of this
The most important thing is that (CAN I TRUST YOU?), as an officer in
ACTIVE DUTY am not allowed access to money, because the government provides
our needs while on official duty. I decide you take 35% of the total funds
and I take 65%.
If you are interested, please reply but if you are not interested, kindly
delete this message. Reply me through my private E-mail address:
Gen. Muazzam Abbas