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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:
- "hundred thousand united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "wang yongli" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2018 02:56:28 +0200
Subject: I am in search for a partner
I got your e-mail address contact through your country's Information Exchange On line while browsing and after that, I decided to contact you to ask for your assistance in this urgent matter that requires trust, confidentiality because you might receive this message in your Inbox, Junk/Spam folder. My name is Mr. Wang Yongli senior Manager of Bank of China (BC) Bank of China Limited Asia. I am 55 years old man, married with three children. I have a very urgent, confidential and profitable business for both of us Valued at (Twenty Seven Million, Five Hundred Thousand United state Dollars).This fund is an excess of what my branch in which I am the senior manager made as profit last year. I have already submitted an approved End of the Year 2017 report to my Head Office and they will never know of this Excess. a SUSPENSE SECURITY without a beneficiary. As a senior Manager of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money thus I am impelled to request for your assistance to rece
ive this money as the ben
Mr. Wang Yongli Senior Manager