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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:
- "hundred thousand united state 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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "top secret" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Kirinec Zlatko" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2020 20:02:10 -0000
Subject: Re: Confidential
It's with trust, I faithfully contact you this day. I want to confirm to you that my interest to invest good money internationally is very strong. Although I know sincerely that, this letter will definitely come to you as a huge surprise, but the decision you make will go a long way to determine our future relationship.
Secondly, I must apologize for the inconveniences/misshapen this mail might cause you. However, at the same time I contacted you because I have an urgent need to transfer this fund out $14,900,000.00. (Fourteen million nine hundred thousand united state dollars only). for business investment.
I am the officer in charge of medics. It is my intention to live outside the confines of the United States after my retirement in probably 6 months, owing to the fact that I would like a quiet and peaceful life after my services as a soldier. Furthermore, I have decided to relocate to live in your country in order to settle down and afford for myself the civil life I have denied myself all these years. I have really dedicated a lot to the military and I think it's due time I gave something meaningful to myself. The war here in Afghanistan is an unending one.
Revert back to me in a timely manner with your personal email address because of the confidentiality of this business. Once again I would like this top secret to remain highly confidential between you and I for security reasons.
Captain. Kirinec Zlatko.