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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:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "cotonou" (a location commonly mentioned 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: "Souleyman Salami" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:03:25 -0800
Subject: **SPAM** Fund For Investment ... 10/02/2017
This is Attorney Souleyman Salami , I really do not mean to waste your time. Considering the fact that this is a 56,000,000.00 British Pounds, deal share rate 50/50 %
and it's bank to bank wire transaction within three working days.
I carefully contact you due to many Internet frauds nowadays, but i put my faith in God because all things in life is by risk but don't let me down now or after, This
is Mr.Plaviashakunthala Lobo and his family was involved in plan crash 22nd of May 2010 in List of passengers on Air India Express flight that crash
32.Plaviashakunthala Lobo 33. Venishanikola Lobo 34. Vishalfloid Lobo (child) and all family died without any inheritance or next of kin so i want you to work together
with me been an attorney so this is Mr.Plaviashakunthala Lobo account details.
Bank name: Bank Atlantic of African
Bank Address: Cotonou Benin Republic
Account name: Plaviashakunthala Lobo
Account Number: 1103-8022-1351
Account Balance: 56,000,000.00 British Pounds (GBP)
Date of deposit: 19th December, 2009
Account officer: Anita Morgan
The purpose of my mail is seeking your consent to make you the SOLE BENEFICIARY of my late customer Mr.Plaviashakunthala Lobo. You will be required to provide me with
your full details, like your full names, address and telephone number and occupation. Please also bear in mind that this transaction requires absolute secrecy for its
successful completion without a hitch.
As matter of fact, there will be a written and legal agreement that will entitle you to 50% of the total fund for your sincere commitment in concluding the deal and
your percentage will be giving to you immediately we conclude this transaction.. The 50% remaining shall be for INVESTMENT PROJECT IN YOUR COUNTRY and shall be under
your direct MANAGEMENT and SUPERVISION. I was with Mr.Plaviashakunthala Lobo as a legal witness when this money was deposited as fixed deposit in 2009. Since his
demise, I have visited this bank three times. checkthe website:
Attorney Souleyman Salami