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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:
- "million united states 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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Josephine Morris <email@example.com>
Date: 24 Dec 2021 14:54:06 -0800
Subject: URGENT ATTENTION NEEDED(PROPOSAL)
I'm Miss Josephine Mary MORIS 19 years old. My father was a very
merchant and businessman in the United States of America (U.S.A).
was poisoned to death by his brothers because they want to take
his properties and wealth and my mother die in Covid 19 Virus.
My Parents left the sum of $6,000,000 (Six Million United States
Dollars) in a fixed/suspense account for me which I want you to
as my trustee to claim this from the bank so that I will come
your country to further my education in your care since my wicked
is threatening to kill me because I am the only child.
Note: After we claim this fund you will take 40% and leave 60%
Kindly, get back to me so that I will tell you more details on
how we will
claim the fund in âDiamond credit union bankâ because I have all
the legal documents.
Thanks and God bless.