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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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- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr. Robin Williams" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 18:15:36 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Dr. Robin Williams.
Dear My Friend,
Greetings to you and your family my good friend, I am the Foreign
Operations Manager in Banco Español De Credito (BANESTO) Madrid España,I have a
business proposal of (4.5 million euros) to be transfer to your account for
investment in your country ,if you are ready to assist me get back to me, i will
give you full details on how the fund will be transfer to you.
Be rest assure that everything will be handled confidentially because, this
is a great opportunity we cannot afford to miss, as it will make our family
profit alot. It has been 10 years go, that most of the greedy African
Politicians used our bank to Launder money overseas through the help of their
Political advisers. Most of the funds which they transferred out of the shores
of Africa was gold and oil money that was supposed to have been used to develop
The Political advisers always inflated the amounts before transfer to
foreign accounts so I also used the opportunity to divert part of the funds
hence I am aware that there is no official trace of how much was transferred as
all the accounts used for such transfers were being closed after transfer. I
acted as the Account Officer to most of the politicians and when I discovered
that they were using me to succeed in their greedy act, I also cleaned some of
their banking records from the Bank files and no body cares to ask me because
the money was too much for them to control.
As I am sending this message to you, I was able to divert four Million five
Hundred euros (4.5 million euros) to an escrow account belonging to no one in
the bank. Now the bank is very anxious to know who is the real beneficiary of
the funds because they have made a lot of profits with the funds. It has been
more than Eight years now and most of the politicians are no longer using our
bank to transfer funds overseas,as majority of them are not in power again,
because their tenure has expired. The (4.5 million euros) has been lying in the
bank as unclaimed fund. I will soon retire from the bank and without wasting
time i will like the fund to be release into your account.
So that i will come to your country for the sharing of the fund, The money
will be shared 60% for me and 40% for you .There is no one that is going to ask
you any question about the funds because everything is well secured by me.
If you are interested in this transaction, do not fail to reply me back,
but if you are not interested delete my message from your box ok.
Hoping to hear from you soon.
Dr. Robin Williams.