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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united states 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)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Kazim Taylor <WBKKKIKK@outlook.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2022 22:58:07 +0000
Subject: Business Investment
FROM MR. KAZIM TAYLOR
Good day, you may be surprise to receive this email since you dont know me in person, but With due respect, trust and humility, I write to you this proposal. I am Mr. Kazim Taylor the Son of late Mr. Tariq Taylor of Darfur in South Sudan. It is indeed my pleasure to contact you For assistance for a business venture which I intend to establish.
I need your assistance to move the sum of (US$18 Million.) EIGHTEEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) which my late Father deposited with a private Security Company here In South Africa awaiting claim before he was assassinated by unknown persons during the War in Darfur, Sudan.
Now I have decided to invest the money in your country or anywhere safe for security
Reasons. I want you to help me retrieve the money for onward transfer to any designated bank Account of your choice for investment purposes
I will furnish you with more details I and my family have agreed to compensate you with 30% Of the total sum which will be your own share for assisting us, and 5% for any expenses that Might be incurred by both parties in the course of the transaction. Then the remaining 65% Will be for me and my family, which you will help us to invest in your country. Please feel Free to contact me on my phone number +27736394004 or email (email@example.com), All I require from you is honest & Your kind co-operation. I will give you further details as soon as you show interest in helping Me.
I wait for your kind consideration to my proposal.
Mr. Kazim Taylor.