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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Mark Douglas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2020 18:26:27 +0200
Subject: Compliments of the day. 200

Compliments of the day.

First of all, let me start by introducing myself. My name is Mr. Mark Douglas, a staff of Royal Bank of Scotland. I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. I am the accounting officer of Mr. Wang Jian, the co-founder and co-chairman of the HNA group, a conglomerate that operates China‘s fourth-largest airline. He died on July, 4th 2018, at the age of 57. Mr. Wang died in an accident while on a business trip in Provence in southern France.

It will interest you to know that on Wednesday, 21st February 2018, Mr. Wang deposited a total sum of 28.5M pounds in our Bank. The funds was fixed for 2 years into a non-existing company's account which I opened under his instructions, to avoid raising an eyebrow but unfortunately for him and fortunately to me, the man is dead leaving nobody to trace or even locate the funds. Now, the 2 years duration for the deposit has expired and if something is not done urgently to claim the funds, the Bank will return it to the treasury as unclaimed funds. You can read more about his death by visiting the below site:

Right now, we have the sum of 28.5M Pounds lying in the account without any proof of ownership as it was opened with non-existing company's name and the bank is not aware of the real beneficiary as the account did not bear any name. As his accounting officer and financial adviser in charge of the account, I can comfortable present you to the Bank as the real beneficiary of the funds and the Bank have no right to deny the application.

Consequently, my proposal is that I want to seek your consent as a foreigner to stand as the owner of the fund, since it has no trace or beneficiary which makes it easier to transfer to your designated bank account as the beneficiary. The nature of my work as a staff of the Bank will not allow me lay claim on the funds, hence this proposal to you and be informed that as long as you are ready to cooperate and be truthful to me, I can assure you that the sky will be our limit.

All documents and proves to enable you get the money will be carefully worked out and more so, I assure you that the business is risk free, as everything will be handled in accordance with the International Monetary Guidelines. I am offering you 40% for your cooperation in achieving this aim. My lawyer is willing to assist us in getting the necessary legal papers to back up the claim. Please, if you are interested in working with me, I will like you to send the below information's to enable me procure the necessary documents in your favor:


As soon as I receive your acceptance mail by forwarding the above informations, I will prepare the paper works in your name for onward remittance of the funds into your designated account. Lastly, I want you to understand that this transaction requires trust, honest and above all, utmost confidentiality, to avoid escalating.

Anticipating to hear from you soon.

Mr. Mark Douglas,
The Auditor General,
Royal Bank of Scotland.

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