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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "the consignment" (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)
- "trunk box" (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)
- "consignment " (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)
- "trunk boxes" (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)
- "million 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)
- "contact me immediately" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "chambers" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "M Clifford" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2017 00:43:30 -0700
Subject: Request For Partnership.
I am the Security Vault Manager (ITSSC) of the company as stated on the address above, for the past 15 years today a customer by name Mr.Darius Baxter from USA) deposited the Two 2 Trunk Boxes/Consignments filled with Money in United States of American Dollars $100 bills note, worth over US$37Million Security Vault, we have not heard anything from him neither has anybody came for these funds. I have finished every arrangement as to the claim, all what I need from you is stand as the beneficiary/next of kin to the depositor and claim it on my behalf for our mutual benefit. The consignments values and numbers are as follows: consignment No.1201 containing US$15 million Dollars and consignment No.1202 containing US$22 million Dollars.
The board of directors has contacted his Embassy here in Ghana to find out his way about but after four 4 years notice, we where informed that he was among those that lost their lives in the 9/11 attack in the USA and there is no next of kin to these funds, I am contacting you for a business proposal in other to see if you could be sincere to to assist me receives these funds as the next of kin but we will share it 50-50% each of us.
Once you indicate your interest and readiness, I will furnish you with the vital information for you to confirm from our company but it MUST be legal as you know that I am one of the top officials in this Company. It is risk free and legal but needs much trust from you. Contact me immediately if you are interested.
Your Full Name:...................
Cell Phone No:....................
Bearing in mind that I got your contact details from your countrys trade attachee in your Chambers of commerce.