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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Marina Daniels <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2020 04:26:23 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: I need your urgent assistant,
Greetings Dear Friend,
Â I am Mrs. Marina Daniels Bagni, a widow diagnosed with brain tumor disease which has gotten to a very bad stage, Please I you to understand the most important reason why I am contacting you through this medium is because i urgently needs your sincerity and ability to carry out this transaction and fulfill my final wish in implementing the charitable investment project in your country as it requires absolute trust and devotion without any failure, which i believe that you will not expose or betray this trust and confident that I am about to entrust on you for the mutual benefit of the orphans and the less privileges ones. I have some funds I inherited from my late husband, the sum of ($ 9,650,000.00, Nine Million Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars) deposited with the Bank. Having known my present health condition, I decided to entrust this fund to you believing that you will utilize it the way i am going to instruct herein.
It will be my pleasure to compensate you as my Investment Manager/Partner with 35% percent of the total money for your effort in handling the transaction, 5% percent for any expenses or processing charges fee that will involve during this process while 60% of the fund will be Invested into the charity project there in your country. Therefore I am waiting for your prompt respond, if only you are interested in this humanitarian project for further details of the transaction and execution of this charitable project for the glory and honor of God the merciful compassionate. Your urgent reply will be appreciated.
Best regards and God bless you.Mrs. Marina Daniels Bagni.