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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:
- "to your nominated bank account" (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 orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: ppc cc <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2019 11:02:17 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY
Dear Esteem One,
I used this means of communications because of time Shortage and please
kindly bear with me. However, permit me to inform you of my desire to seek
for your aid and assistance towards securing my inheritance.
I am Sani Samad only child of late Alhaji Abdul Samad. My late father was a
very wealthy cocoa merchant who based Benin Republic. He was poisoned to
death by his business associates on one of their outing to discuss on a
business trip. When my mother died in the 21st October 2018, my father took
me so special because I am motherless.
Before the death of my father on 29th November 2019 in a private hospital
here in Benin, he secretly called me by his bedside and told me that he
deposited the sum of US$19,700,000(nineteen million Seven Hundred Thousand,
United States Dollars) in a vault box as family valuables with a bank here
The bank does not know the content of the box, since my late father
deposited it as family valuables. He place my name as next of kin, and also
gave the documents pertaining my inheritance deposit to me. He also
explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by
his business associates, that I should seek for a foreign partner in a
country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it to invest
in a profitable ventures, (such as real-estate).
I am honorably seeking your assistance in the following ways. (1)To help in
retrieving this box out from the Bank for immediate transfer of the fund to
your destination account in your country. (2)To serve as the guardian of
this fund during and after the transaction. since I am a boy of 17 years.
(3)To make arrangement for me to come over to your country after the money
has been transferred for investment.
Moreover, I am willing to offer you some percentage of the total sum as
compensation for your help after the successful transfer of this money to
your nominated bank account.
Thanks and God Bless.