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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:
- "confidential business" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "very confidential" (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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: Sun, 09 May 2021 14:32:17 +0200
Subject: BUSINESS PROPOSITION.
I work as the Accountant and Auditor Manager in a bank here in South Africa=
; I have a very confidential business proposition for you.
There is an unclaimed huge funds in our bank that belongs to a foreign cust=
omer whom died with his entire family of the covid-19 pandemic.
I am seeking for your good collaboration to transfer the funds to you as th=
e immediate relative for our both benefit, and also to help they needy duri=
ng these trying times. =
Kindly get back to me once you have read this mail and if you=2019re intere=
sted, so I shall send to you more relevant details.
Please send your reply to my private Email address: mrralphnicholas@alabama=