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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:
- "hundred thousand 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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: BOHDANA ALEKSANDER<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: BOHDANA ALEKSANDER <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 07:02:35 -0700
Subject: Bohdana Aleksander from Ukraine
FROM: MRS BOHDANA ALEKSANDER
URGENT REPLY NEEDED AND CONFIDENTIAL
Am Mrs Bohdana Aleksander the wife of Mr.Danilo Aleksander (Ukraine sunfl=
ower oil & wheat,maize farmer ) my husband was murdered by the Russian Army=
troop because of the war between Russian& Ukraine it was so very terrible.=
He was a sunflower oil & wheat and maize farmer who have invested much in a=
griculture political opponents.
I acknowledge very well that my Husband deposited the sum of US$10.7M (TEN =
MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) with a security and f=
inancial company here in Johannesburg South -Africa with the intention of u=
sing it for the purchase of new farm machinaries and chemical for Agricultu=
ral purpose as well as purchasing hectares of land in South Africa for his =
investment. I got your contact through chamber of commerce .With the high r=
isk of staying in my country we are now on political asylum. (Refugee) me a=
nd my son we are here in South Africa, my position does not allow me to ope=
n an account or to normalize this fund to any meaningful business transacti=
on, I want you to understand that this is purely family fund not money laun=
I solicit for your honest assistance as I want this fund to be transferred =
to your account in oversea with your partnership, I will want to invest thi=
s fund in your country.
We can invest the fund as a family investment together with you in your co=
untry be assured that all the necessary document backing this fund has been=
arranged with one of the Attorney I meet here in Johannesburg South Africa=
, feel free to ask any question regarding this transaction.
Hoping to hear from you soonest, kindly contact me through this my private =
email For Confidential: =
I need your urgent and confidential response towards this transaction.
Thanks you and regards
MRS BOHDANA ALEKSANDER