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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Mr adolph clive <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Mr adolph clive <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:11:43 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: FOR YOUR INFORMATION!!!
Â Hello My Dear Friend,
Before i proceed it is good for us to know ourselves so I would like to
welcome this lasting relationship with a brief introduction of my person.
I will also want you to please respond back in a likewise manner because
it is important that I know in totality the personality upon whom I
transact this deal with. You should understand my fears here as this
involves a large sum of cash not stock.
My proposal is very important to me so please I want you to take the
content of this mail very seriously.All I want is an honest business
transaction between us. First of all, I will start by introducing
myself. My name is Mr Clive Albert Adolph ;; I am a citizen of United
I am currently working with National Credit Union Bank,
United Kingdom. I have been working here for more than 9 years
now, and I have a good working record with my bank.
I am Head of Treasury Operations Unit with National Credit Union Bank,
London UK. I have a business deal of ( Â£9,649,400 British Pound Sterling)
in one of the account here in my department in UK. This Fund was discovered
when carrying out Auditing of Books of Account here in my department.
However, If you can permit me I will use your Informationâs as the
beneficiary of the fund. And arrange all the legal documents to
transfer the Fund to your account as the beneficiary, and both of
us will share the Fund. If you are interested please respond back
I await your reply to enable me send you more detailsÂ
Mr Clive Albert Adolph.
National Credit Union Bank