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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:
- "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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Angus Edmund" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:08:15 -0800
Subject: Re: For Your Confirmation
Good Day !!
My name is Mr. Angus Edmund I am the Investment and Administrative Manager of Ulster Bank UK. I have an immense business opportunity from my Bank, which I will be glad to discuss and handle with you.
I am contacting you based on the fact that this business requires participation of an external (Foreign Citizen)., and also it is based on trust as we have not meet in person before. My purpose of contacting you is to seek your consent and permission to use your information to put claim of an excess profit return from my bank investment projects, of which this deal is going to be beneficial to both of us at a successful completion.
Briefly : I will like to inform you that in every fiscal year, our bank has a targeted investment profit return of 20%, but last year 2016 my department happened to record an excess profit return of 21.2% profit return , which has an excess of 1.2% . The 1.2% Excess Investment Profit Return has a valuation of Â£2,200,000.00 (Two Million Two Hundred Thousand British Pounds Only), which am soliciting your permission to partner with me so as to claim out this excess profit return from my bank.
First step is to register your full details/information to our bank system as one of the existing foreign investor ,as well educate you about our bank and itâs investment programs.
Subsequently I will put up all our bank investment related documents / paper in your name, which will identify and prove that you are one of the bank existing foreign investor.
Upon successful transfer of this fund (Â£2,200,000.00 ) to any of your nominated bank account, you will receive 45% of the principle value for your participation, while 50% will be for me, and 5% will be kept aside to repay any expenses we incur in the process of transfer.
Thanks for your time to attend and read this message.
I await your reply with your full details so we can commence.
Mr. Angus Edmund