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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Edison Willy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2019 16:18:47 -0500
Subject: Dear Beneficiary
Dear Funds Beneficiary
I am Mr.Willy Edison Rio TÃ¼rkiye KalkÄ±nma BankasÄ± Foreign payment
director,I saw a file in respect of your Fund amounting the sum of
US$7.5 Million United Stated Dollars. After going through the file i
discovered that you abandoned your fund here in the process of
transfer to your bank account due to demands from banks and other
financial institution. I write to know the reason why you choose to
abandon your fund here because it is my first point of action to
offset every payment that is pending in the TÃ¼rkiye KalkÄ±nma BankasÄ±
transfer statutory disc.
I assure you that the TÃ¼rkiye KalkÄ±nma BankasÄ± Management and the
World Banking financial regulatory authorities will look into your
matter properly and process your fund transfer to you as soon as you
indicate your interest in receiving your approved fund.
Get back to us immediately via email so that we can know how to look
into your matter urgently and make sure you receive your fund
immediately without any delay.
Meanwhile for security reasons you have to fill out below information
so that we will know who we are dealing with
1. Full Names:
2. Residential Address:
3. Mobile Number:
6. Date Of Birth:
7. Your legal identification such as
international passport copy or Drivers license or any form of
official I D card bearing your name
Once we receive listed details from you then we will proceed on your
transaction as soon as possible Thanks for banking with while we
looking forward to serving you with the best of our
From TÃ¼rkiye KalkÄ±nma BankasÄ±
Mr.Willy Edison Rio