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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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Office Contact" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 26 Aug 2019 18:52:03 +0200
Subject: RE: URGENT MESSAGE FOR YOU.
I have contact you last 2 week and you reply me saying I am
joking. Please I am not joking at all. I am serious on this.
I know this email will reach you as a surprise, but you need not
to worry as Iâm using this as the only secured and confidential
medium available to seek for foreign assistance and partnership
in a business transaction which is of a great benefit to both of
us. It is with trust that I wish to contact you on this matter
concerning transfer of Twenty One Million United States Dollars
only (US$21 Millon).
I am the former Czech central bank governor and my name is Mirek
Topolanek. I am having little problem with my government which i
will be settling soon. As the former governor of the central bank
i did business with governors and president of Korea which gave
me lot of money and my government is questioning my funds.
I have funds in different account in Swiss Bank and royal bank of
Canada but my government have confiscate my funds in Swiss Bank
account and royal Bank of Canada.
I am having just $21,000,000.00 Million in HSBC Bank USA which i
open the account on a secret name but my name is on the middle
name which i will send to you proof of my account view.
I have access to communicate with my bank officer in HSBC Bank
USA and i need a foreign partner who can receive these funds and
invest into a good profitable investment.
I need to hear back from you soon.
I hope I can trust you?
Do you have a company of your own? Or can you get me a company? I
ask this so that we can invest together and you will manage my
I wish i can achieve this so that none of my generation will
suffer; please don't let me down.
Write back soon please.
My Telephone No: 45966532