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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:
- "million united states 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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "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)
- "loan amount" (Beware of fake loan offers. Real lenders would not normally use free webmail addresses such as Yahoo, nor would they lend to individuals or small businesses in a different country from where they are based. Beware of mobile phones or redirector numbers!)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Mr.Mark Roth<email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2018 07:16:45 +0200
Subject: can i trust you with this?
I am Mr.Mark Roth an executive from Zurich Cantonal Bank. I have a busines=
s proposal of immense benefits; i hope this deal will be kept confidential =
between us until it is executed successfully. Over the past 5 years, i have=
been engaging in loaning private companies and entrepreneurs funds to fina=
nce/ignites their businesses, i was able to engaged in these activities bec=
ause i am in charge of my bank's vaults.
Last week my bank has commence with general auditing as a regular exercise =
for stock balancing at this time of the year. During the course i have alre=
ady loaned a company " Linn Energy (http://www.linnenergy.com/) " a total s=
ome of US$60,000,000.00 (Sixty Million United States Dollars) to finance th=
eir oil exploration activities with an interests rate of 20% over the time =
period plus a over lap period of 2 years as most bank never loan clients co=
mpare to few years ago due to the World economy financial crisis. The said =
fund is due for remittance which i called upon Linn Energy CEO Mr. Mark E. =
Ellis for the capital and interest payment which he oblige.
At this point in time, i can not provide my bank of Switzerland account to =
Linn Energy for payment because if i do, it will raise suspicious by my ban=
k. The total amount plus the interest will amount to US$72,000,000.00( Seve=
nty two Million United States Dollars) i.e US$60,000,000.00 plus the intere=
st of US$12,000,000.00.
Listen, i would want you to contact Mr. Mark E. Ellis of Linn Energy via em=
ail that you are my secretary and will be receiving the loan amount, though=
i have spoken with him that my secretary will contact him by providing the=
said banking details. If you are willing to partner with me in this busine=
ss deal which is 100% secured without any law infringement, we will share t=
he interest 50%/50%. i.e US$6,000,000.00 for me and US$6,000,000.00 for you.
If you accept this offer, we shall employ a swift commencement of this proj=
ect without delay by signing an agreement letter in-order to ensure that so=
onest the said fund is release i will have my share plus the said capital.I=
will share my official identification with you upon confirmation to partne=
r with me in this project.