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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (AOL; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Anung Prabawa" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2021 18:58:56 +0400
Subject: CAN WE PARTNER WITH TRUST?
I obtained your email during my online search for a trustee who will
partner with me to move some outstanding fund so I decided to contact
you but didn't disclose my intentions to anyone because of sensitive
nature of the deal.
I found your email among others and became more desirous to contact
only you to solicit for assistance and guidance in making business
investment and moving (Â£4.2 Million GBP) into your bank account.
I am a citizen of Indonesia working with the Exxon Mobil Corporation
London, as oil expatriate. I must plead for your confidence in this
transaction as I am a highly placed man in Mineral Resources Unit. I
need you as a silent foreign partner whose identity I can use to
transfer the above mention sum, at this moment I am constrained to
issue detailed information about this profitable venture until I get
your response by email. Please, take out a moment of your busy
schedule to study this letter and respond urgently for more details as
I will be extremely happy.
The funds is accrued legitimately to my unit as commission from
foreign contracts, through our private connections. The funds are
presently waiting to be remitted from our operational bank. As you
know, I am a civil servant and are not allowed by the civil service
code of conduct in United Kingdom, to own or operate bank account
outside this country. On the other hand, it is not unsafe to keep the
funds here due to unstable political policies. I have been mandated as
a matter of trust by my colleagues to look for an overseas silent
partner who will work with me to facilitate transfer of the said funds
for mutual benefits, since my objective is to invest the fund in a
foreign country, it would be appreciated if you could also help me
with advises and direction per investing into profitable ventures in
The transaction, although discreet, is legitimate and the fund will be
transferred successfully with all necessary back-up official documents
showing the legitimate source/origin of fund. The transfer will be
effected within a period not longer than one and half week as soon as
we reach an agreement, and you furnish me with a suitable response
indicating your interest for the investment. I plead with you on one
issue, whether you are interested or not, kindly do not expose this
information to anyone else. I confirm that the transaction is
legitimate and without any risk either to me or yourself.
Thanks, as I await your swift response via my private email:
Mr. Anung Prabawa