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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.
- 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:
- "dormant account" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- 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: "Mr. Scott Barton" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2019 17:29:41 +0100
Subject: Re: Please Accept My Partnership With You
Deutsche Bank AG
1 Great Winchester Street
EC2N 2DB LONDON
Dear, (Please Accept My Partnership With You)
My names is Mr. Scott Barton. Chief Financial Officer in Deutsche Bank AG. I am sending this private email based on the confidentiality of the transaction. Please, i will like to advise if after going through my proposal and you do not accept it; kindly keep it to yourself. As of this moment, i am still in service with the Deutsche bank. And i will not by any means like to lose my job, if you are not interested. I have put in over 20 years in the banking sector but i do not have anything to show for it.
let me tell you what the business is all about. we have a dormant account owned by unknown person.i have made several investigation concerning these fund but to no avail and i know what will be the end result of the cash, based on the banking policy any dormant account that stayed period of years will be claimed by the bank.so at these point, i will like us to work as partner to make sure that these cash is been claimed by us.the amount is worth Twenty five point five U S dollar (US$25.5 million). As the chief financial officer i have full right to close the account with evidence showing that the money has been claimed by the owner.
This is just my opportunity to make sure that i give my children a decent training and also leave comfortably. Infect i am sick and tired of the Banking business i need to get out. Please be equally advised that no security company in world can handle this contract payment that need to be inherited and without my instructions as the Chief Financial Officer, the money will not be claimed.
To sum it up, i wish to assure you that with my position here as the Chief Financial Officer, i will punch the computer and credit the money into the new account you are going to open. I can accomplish this under five working days But we have to reach to an agreement in this deal. First of all,i will like to know, do you have interest in the business? if yes we talk on the percentage.
Please contact me At (email@example.com)
Mr. Scott Barton