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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.
- 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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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: "Mr. William Danishin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:40:06 -0500
Subject: Re-co-operation request
I write to have a serious business I will like to discuss with you. I
will appreciate if you can respond to this mail accordingly as it will
enable me to know what next to do. But if your not capable please do
delete and forget the inconveniences. In a nutshell, it is about a
supply that was made by an Asian company unfortunately, there was an
over invoice by the secretary of the company and the buyer has paid the
amount into the UK account of Asian company , the goods was delivered
since last two months .
Although the fee was paid in three installments , so as the secretary
directed the actual amount has been remitted to the Asian company
remaining the balance (or over invoiced amount) amounting to some
millions of dollars. Now ,because of his (personal/official) problems he
wanted to remit the money to another account where he can have access
to it and withdraw it latter to open his own business
As he does not understand English very well and the fund is now stranded
in the bank here, he wanted me to assist him in getting a willing
partner to work with us who can take 30% of the total amount while i
take 20% as the banker (coordinator) who will facilitate all the
transfer while the remaining 50% will be for him .Everything will be
smoothly and legally handled by me .The transaction ref number is :
HB120013/889775/USCH and the Bank Verification number is:
Note that you can open a new and fresh account for the purpose of this
transfer or you can use a personal or company account as far as it will
accommodate the amount of 15 Million USD . Please do get back to me
urgently if you can so that I can furnish you with more details .
Email or call me as soon as you receive this message.
Best regards ,
Email reply to : email@example.com