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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million us 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)
- "former president of liberia" (the name of a person or institution often appearing 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: Raymond Taylor <email@example.com>
Date: 04 Sep 2018 09:16:21 -0700
Subject: YOUR URGENT RESPONSE REQUIRED
With all sincerity and humility it is with deep pains i write you
this message of wishful assistance to my predicament.
I am Raymond Taylor the only son of last wife to the former
president of Liberia who was asked by unanimous decision by the
international community to step down from the corridors of power
I write you this mail under duress and as a result of my recent
decision to better the lives of me. I have made a decision which
i know might not be good in the sight of man but the present
situation has led me to this decision to better the lives of
me.Currently now have decided to make do with the sum of six
hundred million us dollars(600.000.000)United States Dollars
belonging to my father in which i am a benefiaciary,when he went
into exile in Nigeria. In 2006.
On 29 March, My father tried to cross the border into Cameroon
through the border town of Gamboru in northeastern Nigeria . His
Range Rover with Nigerian diplomatic plates was stopped by border
guards, and Taylor 's identity was eventually established.State
Department staff later reported that significant amounts of cash
were found in the vehicle.
Upon his arrival at Roberts International Airport in Harbel ,
Liberia , Taylor was arrested and handcuffed by LNP officers, who
then immediately transferred custody of Taylor to the United
Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). Irish UNMIL soldiers then
escorted Taylor aboard a UN helicopter to Freetown, Sierra Leone,
where he was delivered to the SCSL.
I have decided to relocate with your assistance to your private
account the said sum.My decision was reached when i could not
conceive the thought that after the United States Government has
promised to let my father go free based on the condition that he
should step down Mr.Collin Powell stated in a press briefing that
he would be indicted by the court in Netherlands to face charges
on war crimes,this is what led to my decision as God Knows that i
was never in support of his involvement in the indecent
maltreating of innocent people in Politics.
This decision is hard for me to make but i just have to make it
for the sake of my future. Currently the said sum was lodged in a
safety deposit box in a financial company Institution which i
will disclose to you as a matter of commitment to me and this
plea for assistance. I currently have the deposit certificate and
can draw up a change of beneficiary mandate to effect you as the
beneficiary to the funds.
I am a trained economist by profession and it is in this line
that i will want you to take note that your services for
assisting me will be compensated to the best of my ability.
I have this to look forward to so i would like you to keep this
project close to your heart just as myself pending when we reach
the conclusive end of this project. I will want you as a matter
of confidentiality to respond through this mail and also include
your telephone number as well so that i can give you a call if
the need arises as we are currently on political asylum now in
west africa. Once get your confirmation that you can be of
assistance i will bring you into a clearer picture of the
situation at hand.
I look forward to your response with great hope of assistance.
I remain Yours Truly,