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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:
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2022 10:45:11 +0100
I hope my email meets you well. My name is Dr Attahiru Baba Yusuf I am
a top Politician here in Nigeria , I am Delighted to reach you via
email with this potential Business Proposal that might interest you.
I have sum of us$100 million that I have moved out of the Country
to a private vault in Europe
Right now, I need a good partner someone I can trust, The funds will
be sent to you through Diplomatic means and you will take 40% out of
it and keep 60%. which i will be investing in an estate there in your
country under your guidance. while you will use 10% of it to ship
your products, It is 100% risk free and Details will be giving to
you, in our next correspondence.
Dr Attahiru Baba Yusuf
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