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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:
- "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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Johnson Adiyah" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 18:27:37 +0100
Subject: For your consideration
Hello! dear partner,
I am The Branch Manager of a leading bank here in Ghana; I am seeking your co-operation to present you to my bank head office as the official partner to Dr. George Brumley our late customer who was a well-known philanthropists to many charitable causes.
Before he died in 2003, he made a deposit to my bank in order of THIRTY MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS (USD$30,500,000.00) which he intended to donate to charitable causes in Africa. His intentions were clearly stated in the documents he issued to our bank and the documents are still intact.
Dr. George Brumley, was a retired American physician based in Atlanta. He was involved in an air crash along with his wife and only daughter. Other family members who could have claimed this fund also died along with his family - you can confirm this story in CNN link below:
No other person knows about the details and vital documents of this account. My intention is to use my influence to inscribe your name and information in the documents as the official partner to Dr. George Brumley appointed to continue his charitable causes.
So, if you are interested, do let me know so that I will tell you how we can go about the transaction.
Mr. Johnson Adiyah