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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:
- 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Richard Peterson" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:26:26 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: I NEED YOUR ASSITANCE.
Compliment of the day,
I know this message might meet you in utmost surprise; however, it's just my urgent need for a foreign partner that made me to contact you for this mutual benefiting business when searching for a good and reliable and trust worthy person. I got your contact email address from a Business directory and decided to connect you to this transaction that is based on trust and your understanding.
I am Mr Patrick ibrahim I work with the African Development Bank ADB Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso, I would like to know if this proposal will be worthwhile for your acceptance of a Foreign Customer, from France who was an Investor, Crude Oil Merchant and Federal Government Contractor, he was a victim with Socata TBM 700 killing 6 people crashed on 6 December 2003 near Paris leaving a closing balance of $10.5 Million United States Dollars in one of his Private US dollar Account that was been managed by me as his Customer's Account Officer.
Base on my security report, these funds can be claimed without any hitches as no one is aware of the funds and it's closing balance except me and the customer who is (Now Deceased) therefore, I can present you as the Next of Kin and we will work out the modalities for the claiming of the funds in accordance with the law.
Now, if you are interested and really sure of your trustworthy, accountability and confidentiality on this transaction without disappointment, you can contact me and our sharing ratio will be 50% for me and 40% for you, While 10% will be for the necessary expenses that might occur along the line.
I expect your reply.
Mr Patrick ibrahim