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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:
- "please indicate your willingness" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "huge amount of money" (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)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 10:11:14 +0800 (HKT)
Subject: RE: My Regards / Your Reply.
Delle Coppelle 35 Palazzo Baldassini,
00186 Roma RM, Italy
OUR Ref:SC /X34/021
I am pleased to introduce this proposal to you; I hope you will not be embarrassed receiving this letter, as we have not had previous correspondences on this.I decided to contact you based on the clearance and assurance I got from source that linked me to you. I hope you will not impede the trust and confidence I repose in you.
In brief introduction, I am Luis Pito Esq, a solicitor at law, personal attorney / financial adviser to Late Dr. Fabrizio Soccorsi, 78, Pope Francisâ personal doctor, who has been admitted to Romeâs Gemelli hospital on 26th December because of cancer, However, he died on 9th 2021 January because of âpulmonary complicationsâ caused by Covid-19.
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However, he deposited a huge amount of money 14.000.000,00 (Fourteen Million Euros) with one of the banks here in Europe.Since after his death, I have made several enquiries to locate any of his extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I have reasoned very professionally and I feel it will be legally proper to present you as the next of kin of my deceased client, so that you can be paid the funds.
I have with me all the documents regarding the deposit of the funds. I have made all arrangements for a successful transaction; I am only waiting for your reply.Do please indicate your willingness to assist by sending your full names, age, occupation; address, private telephone and fax numbers to enable us commence Immediately. I will inform you on the next step to follow.
You have been advised to keep this a top secret. I will be monitoring the whole situation here All other necessary information will be sent to you on your acceptance to champion this transaction with me. I suggest you get back to me as soon as possible stating your wish in this deal.
Luis Pito Esq