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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:
- "you will be given 30%" (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 next of kin scam.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: edward blu <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2018 03:18:34 +0000
Subject: Hello my friend
*Hello my friend,We want to transfer to overseas ($ 24,000.000.00 USD) from
a prime bank here in Ghana, I want to ask you to quietly look for a
reliable and honest person who will be capable and fit to provide either an
existing bank account or to set up a new Bank a/c immediately to receive
this money, even an empty a/c can serve to receive this money, as long as
you will remain honest to me till the end of this important business
trusting in you and believing in God that you will never let me down either
now or in future.I am Dr Edward Blu, Director of International Relation
with a bank here in Ghana,during the course of our auditing I discovered a
floating fund in an account opened in the bank in 2001 and since 2002
nobody has operated on this account again, after going through some old
files in the records I discovered that the owner of the account died
without a [heir] hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this
money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing.The owner of this
account is Mr.Louis Kennedy , a foreigner, and a sailor, and he died since
2002. and no other person knows about this account or any thing concerning
it, the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me
as well that Late Mr.Louis Kennedy was the manager of K.Louis LTD.We will
start the first transfer with Six Million USD [$6,000.000.00] upon
successful transaction without any disappoint from your side, we shall
re-apply for the payment of the remaining amount to your account,The amount
involved is $24M I want to first transfer $6,000.000 [Six Million United
States Dollar from this money into a safe foreigners account abroad before
the rest, but I don't know any foreigner in my life, I am only contacting
you as a foreigner because this money can not be approved to a local person
here, without valid international foreign passport, but can only be
approved to any foreigner with valid international passport or drivers
license and foreign a/c because the money is in US dollars and the former
owner of the a/c Mr.Louis Kennedy was a foreigner too, [and the money can
only be approved into a foreign a/c.At the conclusion of this business, you
will be given 30% of the total amount, 60% will be for me, 5% will be for
expenses both parties might have incurred during the process of
transferring and 5% will be for orphanage homes.If you are interested in
this offer, kindly get back to me through my private e-mail
address(firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>) so that I can furnish
you with more details and next step forward.Yours Sincerely,Edward Blu*