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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:
- "million 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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "loan amount" (Beware of fake loan offers. Real lenders would not normally use free webmail addresses such as Yahoo, nor would they lend to individuals or small businesses in a different country from where they are based. Beware of mobile phones or redirector numbers!)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (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: "Mr. Henrich Kisker" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2019 13:53:49 -0700
I write to acknowledge the receipt of your email massage! Please take your =
time carefully and read my proposal and I would appreciate if the content o=
f this email is kept strictly confidential and respect the integrity of the=
information/content of this mail. This letter must come to you as a big su=
rprise, but I believe it is only a day that people meet and become great fr=
iends and business partners. Please I want you to read this letter very car=
efully and I must apologize for barging this message into your mail box. I =
am Mr. Henrich Kisker an executive from Zurich Cantonal Bank. I have a busi=
ness proposal of immense benefits; i hope this deal will be kept confidenti=
al between us until it is executed successfully. Over the past 5 years, i h=
ave been engaging in loaning private companies and entrepreneurs funds to f=
inance/ignites their businesses; i was able to engaged in these activities =
because i am in charge of my bank's vaults.
Last week my bank has commenced with general auditing as a regular exercise=
for stock balancing at this time of the year. During the course i have alr=
eady loaned a company " Linn Energy (http://www.linnenergy.com/) " a total =
some of US$60,000,000.00 (Sixty Million United States Dollars) to finance t=
heir oil exploration activities with an interests rate of 20% over the time=
period plus a overlap period of 2 years as most bank never loan clients co=
mpare to few years ago due to the World economy financial crisis. The said =
fund is due for remittance which i called upon Linn Energy CEO Mr. David Ro=
ttino for the capital and interest payment which he oblige.
At this point in time, i cannot provide my bank of Switzerland account to L=
inn Energy for payment because if i do, it will raise suspicious by my bank=
. The total amount plus the interest will amount to US$72,000,000.00(Sevent=
y two Million United States Dollars) i.e US$60,000,000.00 plus the interest=
Listen, i would want you to contact Mr.David Rottino of Linn Energy via ema=
il that you are my secretary and will be receiving the loan amount, though =
i have spoken with him that my secretary will contact him by providing the =
said banking details. If you are willing to partner with me in this busines=
s deal which is 100% secured without any law infringement, we will share th=
e interest 50%/50%. i.e US$6,000,000.00 for me and US$6,000,000.00 for you.
If you accept this offer, we shall employ a swift commencement of this proj=
ect without delay by signing an agreement letter in-order to ensure that so=
onest the said fund is release i will have my share plus the said capital. =
I will share my official identification with you upon confirmation to partn=
er with me in this project. Kindly contact me with this email address for m=
ore details. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr. Henrich Kisker.