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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.
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Sanni Umar" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:27:07 +0100
Subject: Please help me secure my inheritance money.
Dear Esteemed One,
I used this means of communications because of time Shortage and please kindly bear with me. However, permit me to inform you of my desire to seek for your aid and assistance towards securing my inheritance.
I am Sanni Umar only child of late Mr/Mrs Umar My late father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant who based Benin Republic.He was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outing to discuss on a business trip.
When my mother died in the 21St October 2012, my father took me so special because I am motherless. Before the death of my father on 29Th June 2016 in a private hospital here in Benin, he secretly called me by his bedside and told me that he deposited with a security and Finance company the sum of US$19,700,000(nineteen million Seven Hundred Thousand, United States Dollars) in a vault box as family valuables.
The security company does not know the content of the box, since my late father deposited it as family valuables. He place my name as next of kin,and also gave the documents pertaining my inheritance deposit to me.He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates, that I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it to invest in a profitable ventures, (such as real-estate).
I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways.1)To help in retrieving this box out from the security company for immediate transfer of the fund to your destination account in your country.(2)Toserve as the guardian of this fund during and after the transaction. since I am a boy of 16 years. (3)To make arrangement for me to come over to your country after the money has been transferred for investment.
Moreover, I am willing to offer you some percentage of the total sum as compensation for your help after the successful transfer of this fund to your norminated bank account.
Thanks and God Bless.