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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "with absolute secrecy" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2017 22:05:07 -0500
Subject: Waiting for your reply
Good day to you and your family. I apologize if the content here-under are contrary to your moral ethics but please treat with absolute secrecy and personal.
My name is Mr. Sohal Arfan Latif from Pakistan, but worked in Damascus, Syria. I am 39+ years Old. I am the Son to a personal investor, also an oil Tycoon from Syria and Saudi Arabia: Al Furat Petroleum Company (AFPC), the leader in the region in Reservoir Management.
AFPC was established under Service Contract no. 210 ratified by Law no. 43 of 1977 and named as per decree-law no. 12 in 1985. AFPC is a joint venture company between the General Petroleum Corporation (50%) and private shareholders Syria Shell Petroleum Development (SSPD) etc...
I am the only Son/Child of my parents. My Mother and Father died during the escalation and climax of the Syrian war.
But before the war got out of hand, my Father(now late) moved some funds into a bank in Paris, France and also moved some funds to a bank in Burkina Faso, West Africa, for safety.
The amount that was moved to the two banks was a total of $42.6Million USD. I had applied to both banks for the release of the funds to me, so that I could start a new business, but the bank Directors told me that my late Father left a "Note"(WILL) in the form of conditions, that the banks Must Not release the funds to me until I am of a matured and experienced age of investing the funds into a very good business venture, and the "Will" also stated that I should present an experienced business partner before the bank, who will assist me in investing wisely. Having schooled in London and read Political Science, I have no knowledge in business investment plan.
This then brought me to the issue of searching for a reputable and trustworthy person, who has vast experiences in profitable businesses, where to invest the funds into.
I want to transfer this fund into your bank account in your country, so that we could invest it wisely. I have contacted the Director of the bank where the fund is deposited in Burkina Faso, and asked if the fund could be loaded into an ATM VISA CARD and he said it is possible to load some of the funds into an ATM VISA CARD, while most of it will be wired to your account via online bank transfer.
Why I contacted you is that I want you to tell me more about good investments, so that I will move this fund into your account in your country so that I could relocate my investment plan to your country.
Tell me more about your country. How good it will be to invest in your country Cities, Such as buying of properties, houses, real estate and investments in tourism.
I will appreciate whatever result you may brief me. Do let me know your idea and knowledge regarding these or any other profitable investment you may suggest.
Take note; After the whole deal and the fund is released to us, You will be rewarded with 20% of the total amount for your participation and also be rewarded with 10% of any profit we invest the money into.
I shall tell you more about this transaction as soon as i get your readiness concerning this transaction.
Here is my private email address for more explanations of the fund transfer. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Waiting for your reply,
Thanks and best regards,