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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:
- "hundred thousand us 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)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Patrick Cisse"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2020 13:29:33 -0000
May I humbly solicit your confidence Over This Transaction, I decided to contact you after going to your profile , as I wish to repose my confidence on your discreteness and ability in transaction of this Nature. Let me start by introducing self properly to you, my Name is Mr. Patrick G. Cisse , I am the Regional Bank Manager of BOA CI , I came to know about you in my Private Search for a Reliable and Reputable foreigner to handle this Confidential Transaction.
On the course of 2015/2016 Year Report, we discovered an excess profit of Seventeen Million One Hundred Thousand Us Dollars , [ $ 17,100,000.00 ] ; We have Since placed this fund on SUSPENSE ACCOUNT without any Beneficiary.
As an officer of the bank, I can't be directly Connected to this Fund for Security Reasons, that is why I am contacting you for us to work together as Partners to Receive the said Fund into your Account for INVESTMENT in your Country.
The percentage Ratio is thus: 40% for you , 60 % for me and my colleagues .
Note: There is Practically No Risks Involved in this Transaction , it is 100% Risk Free and Shall Be Legally Bounded, All You Need to do is to Stand as the BENEFICIARY to the Deposit for a Proper Wire to Your Account .If you Find this Proposal Suitable For you, get back For Full Details and Procedures .
Mr. Patrick Cisse