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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million 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)
- "cotonou" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Jean Dossou" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2020 19:30:49 -0700
Subject: MY FRIEND PLEASE I NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON
My name is Jean Dossou, I really do not mean to waste your time.Considering the fact that this is a three hundred million dollars. deal shear rate 50/50 % and i would like you to be honest with me.
I carefully contact you due to many Internet frauds nowadays.but i put my faith in God because all things in life is by risk but don't let me down now or after, This is Mr.Plaviashakunthala Lobo and his family was involved in plan crash 22nd of May 2010 in List of passengers on Air India Express flight that crash 32.Plaviashakunthala Lobo 33.Venishanikola Lobo 34. Vishalfloid Lobo (child) and all family died without any inheritance or next of kin so i want you to work together
with me so this is Mr. Plaviashakunthala Lobo account details.
Bank name: Orabank Benin
Bank Address: Cotonou Benin Republic
Account name: Plavia shakunthala Lobo
Account Number: 582534
Account Balance: 300, 000.000 us dollars
Date of deposit: 19th December, 2009
Account officer: Mrs Naomi Simon
I was with Mr. Plaviashakunthala Lobo as a witness when this money was deposited as fixed deposit in 2009. Since his demise, I have visited this bank three times. Contact the bank and ask for the confirmation of his involvement in the plane crash.check the website:
Upon the receipt of your information,i will give you the Account password of the Account number above to Login to the Account for view of the said fund online to enable us to move forward,Kindly send your information as soon as you receive this letter for us move forward.