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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 sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "any lucrative business in your country" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "transfer into your account" (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)
- "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)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Zendy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:10:59 -0300
Subject: MASTER ISAAC & MISS. ZENDY WILLIAMS.
MASTER ISAAC & MISS. ZENDY WILLIAMS.
ASYLUM CAMP NIGERIA, WEST AFRICA.
THIS IS CONFIDENTIAL.
IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WRITE TO YOU WITH MUCH CONSIDERATION, l AM ISAAC WILLIAMS, THE ONLY SON OF LATE MR WILFRED WILLIAMS.MY FATHER OWNS A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES IN SIERRA-LEONE MY COUNTRY. MY FATHER IS ALSO A CHIEF FARMER IN SIERRA-LEONE, HE IS THE HIGHEST PRODUCER OF COCOA MERCHANT AND COFFEE, BECAUSE OF THIS PROPERTIES MY LATE FATHER FAMILY HAVE PUT EYE BROW ON HIM, INCLUDING SOME PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY SO MY LATE FATHER DECIDED TO HAVE A FOREIGN BUSINESS PARTNER WHO CAN ASSIST HIM TO INVEST IN ANY LUCRATIVE BUSINESS IN HIS COUNTRY ABROAD.
MY LATE FATHER HAVE COCOA AND COFFEE COMPANY AND GOLD COMPANY AND HE IS A CHIEF, BECAUSE OF RAPID EYE BROW ON HIM, AND HE WANTED TO INVEST HIS MONEY IN FOREIGN COUNTRY BECAUSE OF ME AND MY SISTER. IT WAS LIKE MY FATHER KNEW HE WAS GOING TO DIE, MAY HIS GENTLE SOUL REST IN PREFECT PEACE.
HE DISCLOSED TO ME THAT HE DEPOSITED THE SUM OF($15,000,000,00)FIFTEEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS IN A BANK TO A NEAR BY COUNTRY NIGERIA.
THAT THE MONEY WAS MADE FROM HIS GOLD COMPANY, FARMS, AND THE COCOA AND COFFEE COMPANIES.
MY LATE FATHER HAD A MOTOR ACCIDENT WITH MY MOTHER BUT MY MOTHER DIED AFTER TWO MONTH LATER. WHY MY FATHER DIED AFTER FIVE DAYS IN A PRIVATE HOSPITAL IN MY COUNTRY. MY MOTHER DECIDED TO HAND OVER TO ME SOME DOCUMENTS OF PROVES OF THE DEPOSITED MONEY IN THE BANK. AND ADVISED ME TO SEEK FOR A RELIABLE AND TRUST WORTHY FOREIGN BUSINESS PARTNER FOR OUR LIFE TIME INVESTMENT, THAT IS WHY I DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU. NOW I AM IN NIGERIA AND HAVE SUCCEEDED IN LOCATING THE BANK HERE IN NIGERIA. AND I HAVE DISCUSSED WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE BANK AND HE SAID THAT I HAVE TO RE-ACTIVATE THE ACCOUNT BEFORE THE MONEY WILL BE TRANSFERRED. AND HE ALSO INFORM ME THAT MY LATE FATHER HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH THEM THAT THE MONEY MUST BE TRANSFERRED FOR INVESTMENT IN A FOREIGN ACCOUNT BEFORE WITHDRAWAL. AND ALSO WE HAVE TO COME WITH A FOREIGN ACCOUNT FOR THE TRANSFER.
NOW I AM SOLICITING FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE TO FOLLOW UP THIS TRANSFER SO THAT AFTER THIS MONEY IS BEEN TRANSFER INTO YOUR ACCOUNT WE SHALL BE COMING OVER TO YOUR COUNTRY TO CONTINUE OUR EDUCATION WHILE YOU HELP US TAKE CARE OF THE INVESTMENT UNTIL WE GRADUATE FROM SCHOOL. PLEASE IF YOU WILL HELP US, AS WE ARE ORPHANS THEN KINDLY GIVE US YOUR FULL INTEREST AND PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING DETAILS SO THAT WE SHALL GO AND SUBMIT YOUR NAME TO THE BANK AS OUR LATE FATHER'S BUSINESS PARTNER.
1) YOUR REAL NAME AND YOUR FULL ADDRESS.
2) YOUR PHONE AND FAX NUMBER.
MEANWHILE BY RECEIVING THESE DETAILS FROM YOU I WILL GO TO THE BANK AND SUBMIT IT TO THE BANK AND INTRODUCE YOU TO THE BANK AS MY LATE FATHER'S BUSINESS PARTNER. SO THAT YOU WILL CONTACT THE BANK AND INSTRUCT THEM TO TRANSFER THE MONEY INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT, SO THAT WE CAN INVEST THE MONEY IN ANY LUCRATIVE BUSINESS IN YOUR COUNTRY BECAUSE THIS IS THE ONLY HOPE WE HAVE IN LIFE AND THE ONLY LEGACY LEFT TO US BY OUR LATE PARENTS, WE PROMISED TO GIVE YOU 15% OF THE TOTAL SUM FOR YOUR KIND ASSISTANCE DURING THE COURSE OF THIS TRANSFER.
WE ARE WAITING ANXIOUSLY TO HEAR FROM YOU SO THAT WE CAN DISCUSS THE MODALITIES OF THIS TRANSACTION, THANKS FOR YOUR KIND ASSISTANCE. REPLY TO MY SISTER EMAIL: email@example.com
N/B: AND PLEASE TRY AND NEGOTIATE FOR US SOME PROFITABLE BLUE CHIP
INVESTMENTS OPPORTUNITIES WHICH IS RISK FREE WHICH WE CAN INVEST WITH THIS MONEY WHEN IT IS TRANSFERRED TO YOUR ACCOUNT AND YOU WILL BE OUR GUARDIAN. WE ARE INTERESTED IN ESTATE MANAGEMENT AND HOTEL BUSINESS JUST AS OUR LATE FATHER MADE MENTION BEFORE HIS DEATH.
PLEASE ADVISE US. AND PROMISE US TO BE OUR PARENTS CONSIDERING OUR SITUATION AND NOT TO BETRAY ME AND MY YOUNGER SISTER ZENDY. WE WILL SEND OUR TELEPHONE NUMBER ONCE WE HEAR FROM YOU.PLEASE WE WANT TO AVOID SCAM AND SCAMMERS AND WE WILL HAVE NO RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU IF YOU ARE A SCAMER AND FRAUD. NOW OUR LIFE IS THREATENED DUE TO THE TERORISTS AND ATTACKS OF BOMB BLAST IN THIS COUNTRY NIGERIA.
AGAIN, REPLY TO MY SISTER EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
MASTER ISAAC & MISS. ZENDY WILLIAMS.