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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million us 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)
- "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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Gondo Koffi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2019 15:47:40 -0700
Subject: How are you doing,
How are you doing,
I have a proposal for you - this however is not mandatory nor will I in any
manner compel you to honour against your will. I am GONDO KOFFI, and i work
with a bank (one of the African leading banks in the West Coast). Here in
this bank existed a dormant account for the past years which belonging to
ALMOTLAQ a nationality of your country who is now late When I discovered
that there had been no deposits nor withdrawals from this account for this
long period, I decided to carry out a system investigation and discovered
that non of the family member nor relations of the late person is aware of
this account. This is the story in a nutshell.
Now I want an account overseas where the bank will transfer this
funds.Thereafter, I had planned to destroy all related documents for this
account. It is a careful network and for the past eleven months I have
worked out everything to ensure a hitch-free operation. The amount is not
so much at the moment and plus all the accumulated interest the balance in
this account stands at-(US$ 20.5 million US dollars).twenty million five
hundred thousand dollars
Now our questions are:-
1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust?
3. What will be your commission? If you can sponsor this transfer.
Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. Finally, it is our
humble prayer that the information as contained herein be accorded the
necessary attention, urgency as well as the secrecy it deserves. I Expect
your urgent response if you can handle this project.
PLEASE REPLY THROUGH MY PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS WHICH IS (
Thanks for your understanding