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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:
- "monrovia" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "liberia" (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: Frank Taylor <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2021 06:48:49 -0600
Subject: KIND ATTENTION
My name is Frank Taylor from Monrovia Liberia but now in Ghana. I am
the eldest son of my late father Chief Dr Beuford Taylor Who die
unbelievable deaths on car accident on 24th December 2017 during Ghana @ 55
anniversary celebration. before the death of my father he has deposited
$2.8millon dollar in escrow account for us, my mummy, and my only sister
Tracy Taylor at (UBA) , now my uncles want to take it alone and live us to
suffer, instead of us all to live in peace.
Please I need your help to save this money and which we want to transfer
to you through ATM VISA CARD and come to you to continue our school. The
accident has also cripple our mummy for life. please if you do this for
us , I promise you 10% of the money, but I want to leave Africa for my
school, because my uncles are not happy about the money my father left for
us, and they are try to kill us, and take the money. so please help us so
we can be save and go to school again in your city.
All I need from you is
1 Your full name
2 Your Address
3 Your cell phone number
4 Your passport or Any of your ID copy
Thank you I wait to hear from you to enable me proceed to the bank to know
the transfer details . My address is HN 23 Medina Main Estate Accra Ghana