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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 us 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)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: GEORGE SARPONG <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:15:55 +0100
Subject: IN ORDER FOR US TO PROCEED
From Advocate George Sarpong,
Address: 327/2 Kojo Thompson Rd,
Accra the Republic of Ghana.
How are you and your entire family. However I will like to introduce myself to you before explaining my proposal to you. I am Advocate George Sarpong, personal attorney to Late Ing. Shabbir A. Malik,a national of your country, and a former Director (AIR LIQUIDE GHANA LTD) an Oil & Petroleum distribution company base in Ghana Republic West Africa, Here in after shall be referred to as my client. On 31st January 2016,22:53 GMT my client and his wife and three children were involved in a car accident along Accra-Kumasi express way, unfortunately lost their lives, my client had an account valued at about ($12.5 Million US Dollars) deposited in the bank here in Ghana.
I have made several enquirers to locate any of my clients extended relatives but that proved unsuccessful, I decided to track his last name over the Internet to locate any of his Family but hence I contacted you I want you to assist me in repatriating the money and property left behind since the Bank has issued me 21 days notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated. I want the proceeds of the amount to be paid into your account , then I will come to your country then you and I will share the money 45% to me and 45% to you and then 10% to the orphanage homes.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law.I need to know if you will be able to handle this transaction with me before I explain to you more details.
I need your honest cooperation to enable us achieve this transaction. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
I will need the following information from you to help us meet this requirement:
Your Full Name:------------------------
Your Telephone, and Mobile for Communication Purpose:--------------------
I await your urgent reply then I will give you more details.
George Sarpong Esq.