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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:
- "million 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)
- "my names are " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: Mariam Deng <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2021 22:28:10 +0000
Subject: Dear please help and salve my life
Hello my dear love.
Greetings to you and to you family dear please help me
and salve my life please.
Though my names are Sister Marian Deng. Dear I sincerely need you help
I am a Libya citizen but latterly relocate to Burkina Faso due a way
of salving my life, though my late father Mr. Nankin Reutery and my
late lovely mummy Mrs.Justing Ruetery. My father was a well knowing
man as a gold dealer in Libya even have branch office in Singapore
moreover I am the only daughter they have before they died through
Moto accident but when my father was alive he deposited in the bank
the some of 5.5million dollars and gold cost over 15million dollars in
the same bank and this happened when I was still 10 years old and he
handed every thing over to one Barrister SAM JOHN.
Dear to brief the matter shortly to you after my parentâs burial his
brothers claims everything that belongs to my parents and then i was
even staying with their wifeâs before but how they treat me I decided
to go to my motherâs family side and staying with her family, now i am
looking for a good person who can help me retrieve all my money both
the salved gold in the bank Libya moreover I will like to further my
education after we have succeeded to transfer all the money to you
About my Education, I was schooling before the Death of my beloved
parents, and I will like to continue as soon as I relocate to your
country, because this is a promise I promise to my father, So dear, I
really need your words of information. And help till the fund and gold
has been transferred out for me. Remember, I can not lay hands on the
fund now; I need your assistance to process it out. In the next step,
my lawyer will compose a little agreement for us to sign, which will
bind us together since money is involved. I can tell my lawyer to
compose an agreement.
Though I will give you more details about we are going to handle every
issue after you respond.
Dear here you can view my parentsâ website
https://www.goldsilvercentral.com.sg/ and bellow here is the address
gold shop in Singapore. GoldSilver Central Pte. Ltd.
3 Pickering Street #01-15/16 Nankin Row Singapore 048660
Your beloved Mariam