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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- "utmost confidentiality" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- "there is no risk involved" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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: Mr.Robert Gillespie <Mr.Robert_Gillespie65@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:45:10 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: RE: MY REQUEST FOR YOUR JOINT PARTNERSHIP
Royal Bank of Scotland,
P. O Box 10720,Victoria Street:
London WC2R 1AP.
RE: MY REQUEST FOR YOUR JOINT PARTNERSHIP:
I have a very important request that make me to contact you; I am Mr. Robert Gillespie, I work as the Managing Director investment banking, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), London. I decided to confide in you directly to solicit for your assistance and Guidelines in making a business investment and wire transfer the sum of $64.8M USD (Sixty Four Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) into your country within the Next few days for the purpose of investment. The fund is clean and legitimate. All conformable legal documents to back up this payment in your name genuinely will be made available prior to your acceptance to this proposal. This transaction is 100% risk free. You absolutely have nothing to worry about it.
Mean while, I have worked out all the modalities and technicalities where by the funds can be claimed by you as my foreign partner, with the complete details of the fund without any problem. We shall sign all necessary documents regarding to the investment deals legally between us, and you will have copies for your own record keeping. I guarantee you again with every excellent Assurance and possibilities that there is no risk involved in this transaction.
Please, If you are interested, send me your email response and your direct mobile Telephone number through my private email (Mr.Robert_Gillespie65@yahoo.com )
(........................................... ) so we can discuss more on the telephone and email as regards to this fund investments and for further details to be given to you about this deal, for your better and good understanding.
I wish for your utmost confidentiality in handling this transaction successfully.
More details about me pls view: http://www.rbs.com/about/corporate-governance/board-and-committees/robert-gillespie.html
I Wait for your email reply ASAP!
Thank you very much.
Mr. Robert Gillespie.
Managing Director Investment Banking,
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), London.