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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:
- "million 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)
- "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: Godwin Emefiiele <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2020 18:28:29 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY
Ref: Payment of $10.5 million approval.
We received instruction few days from our correspondence bank to
transfer the sum of $10.5 million into your account which we are on
the process to open an online banking account on your name and forward
to you the account information so that you can transfer your fund into
your regular account in your country by your self, to avoid any
But we are surprise this morning when we are about to open your online
banking account and received another email from Ms Diane L.
Mcallister whom claim to be your representative and forward to us the
following account information for us to transfer the fund into her
account. She came in company of ONE OF our bank staff.The account
which she forward to us as follow.
Bank of America
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Diane L. Mcallister
Routing # 063100277
65 Jabotinsky St\#2
Ramat Gan, ISRAEL 54224
Please, Do reconfirm to us as a matter of urgency if this lady is from
you and has your authority to receive your fund .If this lady is not
your representative, You are requested to fill and send this
information for verification purpose, so that your fund value of
$10.5million united state dollars will be paid to you through online
1. YOUR FULL NAME.................
2. YOUR TELEPHONE......
6. YOUR OCCUPATION................................
7. YOUR ADDRESS........................
HOWEVER, WE SHALL PROCEED TO ISSUE ALL PAYMENT DETAILS TO THE SAID
MS.Diane L. Mcallister, IF WE DO NOT HEAR FROM YOU WITHIN THE NEXT
SEVEN WORKING DAYS FROM TODAY, WE WILL PROCESS AND RELEASE THE FUND
INTO Ms Diane L. Mcallister ACCOUNT.
Confirm your receipt of this mail without delay.
Yours in service
MR GODWIN EMEFIELE