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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 16:38:29 +0900
Subject: Hello Dear,
It took a lot of time to finally find you.
I am Susan William from London; I work with Royal Bank of Scotland,
This letter is highly privileged, and it requires your immediate attention.
You are receiving this letter because your family name connected to a deceased client Eng. Michael, who was a national of your country.
Eng r. Michael was involved in a Plane clash with the wife and Three children in 2003. Eng. Michael had a fixed-term Deposit with our bank which worth 4.7 million
Euros. Since the event of the Crash, none of his extended family has been located for the claim of this money.
There is urgent need to present a beneficiary to the bank for the claim of the inheritance. The bank notified recent to their decision to declare the inheritance to
the government as their only option since there is no available kin of the deceased to inherit the money.
Given to your nationality with Eng. Michael ,I want to present you to the bank as the beneficiary for the inheritance.
Forward me your full contact details to enable me call you on phone for more details, I will offer you 30% of the total funds once the money is transferred into your
I look forward to your immediate response.