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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Suzanne Mubarak" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 10:41:23 -0700
I am Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, the wife of Deposed and now late Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak who was jailed by the government of Egypt.
You must have heard over the media reports and the Internet on the discovery of some funds in my husband's secret bank account and companies and the allegations of some huge sums of money deposited by my late husband in my name of which I have refused to disclose or give up to the corrupt Egyptian Government.
In fact the total sum allegedly discovered by the Government so far is in the amount of about $6.5 Billion Dollars. And they are not relenting in their effort to make me and my sons(Gamal & Alaa Mubarak) poor for life.
As you know, the Muslim community has no regards for women, more importantly when the woman is from a Christian background, hence my desire for a foreign assistance.
This arrangement will be known to you and I alone and all our correspondence should be strictly on email alone because our government has tapped all our lines and are monitoring all my moves. In view of the above, if you are willing to assist for our mutual benefits, you shall be compensated with 15% of the funds after the completion and transfer of funds in your possession.
I have the sum of One Hundred Million United States Dollars (US$100M) with a Private Storage Unit whose name I cannot disclose for security reasons until we open up communication.
I shall be grateful if you could receive this fund into your bank account for safekeeping and for any Investment opportunity.
I ask that you do not be vindictive and destructive. If my offer is of no appeal to you, delete this message and forget that I have ever contacted you.
Do not destroy my family reputation because you do not approve of my proposal.
Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak