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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million 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)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: ERIC TIGANA <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:03:09 +0100
GREETINGS MY DEAR.
My name is Ms. Eric Tigana director auditing and accounting
department" of interlinks security and finance company Here in
Conakry Guinea. I discovered the sum twenty Five million dollars
(25.000.000 belonging to a deceased customer of the company Mr. Peter
Lee an Asian investor in the Diamond and Gold mining business in west
Africa , who died in AF4590 crash since 2000 along side with his
entire family Please log on here to see for your self,
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm the fund has been
lying in a suspense account without anybody coming to put claim over
the money since His death.
Therefore, I am soliciting for your assistance to come forward as the
next of kin While I will back you up with every vital Information that
you might need to stand as the real next of kin. I have agreed that
40% of this money will be for you as the beneficiary respect of the
provision of your account and service rendered, 60% will be for me.
Then immediately the money transferred to your account from this bank,
I will proceed to your country for the sharing of the fund.
Thanks for your understanding.
Mr Eric Tigana