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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:
- "into your nominated bank account" (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Phala Heng" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 20:21:20 +0700
Please I Humbly Request For Your Business Suggestion!!
I am Finance Manager of a Firm here in Asia, i am contacting you to seek
your partnership in a pending business project I have at hand, I will
detail you more on this project if I have your positive response. In my
bank i have a business proposal.
The reason why I contacted you is for us to work together to transfer the
funds out of my bank into your bank account or any other account of your
choice for investment. I will be glad if you can partner with me and also
be a good and trusted person. I have all modalities fashioned out to give
it an excellent outcome. Once the funds have been transferred into your
nominated bank account. Both of us will share the percentage as 60% to me
and 40% to you either of the fund or investment. I am open to negotiate
your percentage. Your utmost attention and sincerity is needed.
Waiting for your response.
Mr. Phala Heng
Director of Audit Account