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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:
- "00,000.00" (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)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Nadia Cherki <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2022 10:35:42 -0800
Hello my Dearest,
My name is Nadia Cherki. I want to invest with you in your country for
a success. I have a legacy Worth US$33.000,000.00 (Thirty-three
million, United States Dollars). This fund belongs to my late father.
My late father deposited the US$33.000,000.00 in one of the prime Bank
in the United States of America for the Hotel investments he wanted to
establish in the United States of America, but unfortunately my father
died of coronavirus disease. Presently, this money is still in the
custody of the Bank in the United States of America. I am the only
daughter and the only child of my late parents. I was born in the
United States of America by a German mother and an American father. My
mother died when I was a baby. I was my father's love and everything
before he died. May his soul rest in peace.
I want to invest this fund in your country because I want to spend the
rest of my life in your country. I am not in a good relationship with
my fathers relatives since my father died. Therefore, I want to
partner with you to invest the US$33.000,000.00 in a good business
investment in your country so I can spend the rest of my life in your
country. I will offer you 10% of the money (US$3.300,000.00) as
compensation for your assistance, while the remaining 90% of the money
(US$29.700,000.00) would be invested by you in a good business
investments in your country. All the annual profit that would be
generated from the business investments would be shared 50/50 between
us. Secondly, I would like you to be incharge of the full management
of the funds and the investments in your country.
If you are interested, please let me know so I can give you more details.
I need your help.