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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:
- "transferred into your bank account" (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)
- "million 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)
- "million 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)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: "Barrister Hans Erich" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2019 06:14:08 -0000
Subject: RE:PERSONAL LETTER FROM MRS RASHIA AMIRA
Greetings from.......Barrister Hans
My name is Barrister Hans Erich and a private consultant here in the City of London but originally from Syria Damascus, Thank you so much for your immediate response its my honor writing with regards to investment opportunity in your country as a foreigner for which , i would like to invest through you as a partner to Mrs Rashia Amira, from Syria a Business merchandise and also a formal politician in Syria, but shes right now on her sick bed suffering from stroke,
She want you as a foreign business partner to stand and File for claim to receive the funds and invest the funds in a very good lucrative business in your country,she decided to invest this fund in a viable business venture that can guarantee a decent return. but the funds is presently deposited in a bank ($5 Million dollars) Five Million United State Dollars You should not have anything to worry about in this investment project, as I will do as a barrister everything legally required to ensure that the project goes smoothly. Why doing this with you as a foreigner is because you know that there is a lot of crisis in Syria she needs to invest out off her country Syria .
It shall pass through all Laws of International Banking and I will obtain relevant document that will assist you for the claims and to facilitate the release of the funds into any bank account of your choice for the further transfer, this is my assurance to you.
Having resolved to entrust this transaction into your hands, I want to remind you that, it needs your commitment and diligent follow up. If we work seriously towards this project, the entire transaction will be over within two (2) weeks to be precise.
This project is highly capital intensive and I decided to choose you because am sure you can handle this investment project business, this is why am very confident with you.
I need your total devotion and trust to see this through. I know we have not met before, but I am very confident that we will be able to establish the necessary trust that we need to execute this project into your country.
Upon receipt of your reply with your information, I will give you more details regarding to the next step in this transaction and also note that you will have 25% of the above mentioned at the end of investment funds transferred into your bank account for this investment project, and the percentage is for your own compensation and while 75% is for investment project business.
Im very much rest assured that this transaction will be100% successfully as all modalities to actualize this project effectively are in place. Please I would like you to keep this proposal as a top Confidential.
In my next email I will forward you with every necessary information with the contact detail for us to commence for the funds transfer as soon as possible without any delay again and also, note that a contract agreement will be drafted and signed as a basis for this partnership.
Thanks once again for your response regards to my request, please take note, I would appreciate having your full name and other useful information to enable me to know more about you and make every good introduction with Madam Rasha Amira from Syria Damascus.
Your full names
Your urgent response will be appreciated
Thank you and God bless you.
Barrister Hans Erich