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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: "gooy antony" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 19:11:02 GMT
Subject: Greeting from MR ANTONY
Greeting from MR ANTONY
you can call 00221 772 424 123
I work as the auditor with a bank in here,I have an Investor under my
portfolio with a closing balance of $30 million his first initial deposit.
This Investor died 31 july 2000 leaving no WILL or AUTHORIZATION for
re-transfer of his Investment and its proceeds to the INHERITOR and because
of the laws here in senegal.I have personally carried out an Investigation
on the subject matter that takes me 9 months to finalize and was made to
understand that the Family or Relatives of the Investor knows nothing about
his Investment and none have any records of all his deposits and investment
with us leaving an avenue for claiming of the said funds with its accrued
interest on presentation of a trustworthy person that can stand as the
INHERITOR to the deceased.
Like I said before there is no risk involve as it will pass through
international banking laws and all the necessary information will be given
to you in later.I do not want any direct link between you and me. My
official lines are not secure lines as they are periodically monitored to
assess our level of customer care in line with our Total Quality Management
Policy. Please observe this instruction religiously.
Please, again, note I am a family man, I have wife and children. I send you
this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences, but I
know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and
riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one truth I
have learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence.
If we can be of one accord,
we should plan a meeting soon.I ask that if you find no interest in this
project that you should discard this mail. I ask that you do not be
vindictive and destructive. Do not destroy my career because you do not
approve of my proposal. You may not know this but people like myself who
have made tidy sums out of comparable situations run the whole private
banking sector. I am not a criminal and what I do,
I know this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my
industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come ones
way once in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by, for once I
find myself in total control of my destiny. These chances wont pass me by.
I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if you will not work with me let
There is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth
undertaking.If you are interested, I can present you as the INHERITOR with
all the relevant informations and proper documentation that will qualify
you to have the funds claimed and on doing this,
our establishment will not question the release of the funds to you as I
will make sure that we comply with the laid down rules and laws of claiming
the Investment of a deceased Investor in our Establishment. Our sharing
ratio will be50:50 while 5% will be set aside for any kind of expenses
along the line.
Please contact me for more details breakdown if interested, send along
with all these information's bellow as you respond Email email@example.com,
1}Your full name
2}Home and office address
3}Full phone and fax number
5}Age or ID
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