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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "million pounds" (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)
- "waiting for your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "this business is hitch free " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "chief auditor" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: SIR PHILI HAMPTON <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2019 14:25:03 +0100
Subject: FORM RBS HOLDINGS PLC. LONDON
FORM RBS HOLDINGS PLC. LONDON
UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN
THE CHIEF AUDITOR (R..B.S BANK LONDON).
RBS Group Head Office
Address: RBS Holdings plc
8 Canada Square,London E14 5HQTel:
Tel + 44 77027011
I know that this mail will come to you as surprises we have never meet
before. My name is SIR PHILI HAMPTON, the director in charge of Chief
Auditing and Accounting Unit of ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND I and my
colleagues, hoped that you will not expose or betray this trust and
confidant that I am about to repose on you for the mutual benefit of
our both families. I am writing in respect of Mr. Anh, Il Tae of a
foreign customer of our Bank who perished long with his next of kin
with Korean Air Line, flight number 801with the whole passengers on
6th of Augustus 1997, Open and view the
Since the demise of this our customer, I personally has watched with
Keen interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no
one has come to claim his funds of Â£10.000.000,00 (Ten Million
Pounds), which has been with our branch for a very long time. On this
note, I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the Next of
Kin since nobody is coming for the fund again. The Banking ethics here
does not allow such money to stay more than 16 years, because the
money will be recalled to the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund after
this period. In view of this I got your contact through the Internet
when I was making a research on a foreigner that I will use in this
great opportunity because I donât want the money to be recalled to our
Bank treasury as unclaimed fund. I have also agreed to offer you 30%
of the total sum and the rest 70% will be for me. The reason for a
foreigner in the Business is for the fact that the deceased man was a
foreigner and it is not authorized by the law guiding our Bank for a
citizen of this country to make the claim of the fund. So the Request
of you as a foreigner is necessary to apply for the release and
transfer of the fund smoothly into your reliable Bank account as the
Surving Relation to the deceased. If you are really sure of your
integrity, trust worthy and confidentiality, and accept not to cheat
or disappoint me after this business, then be rest assured that this
transaction is 100% risky free.
Upon receipt ofyour reply, I will send you by fax or e-mail on the
next procedure to follow in other to execute this transaction .I will
not fail to bring to your notice that this business is hitch free and
donât have any negative impact. You should not entertain any fear as
all modalities for the smooth and easy transfer of this fund has been
finalized, this transaction will be completed within 14-bank working
Days immediately we start the business. Waiting for your urgent
response and please kindly delete if you are not interested. Email me
with this :(email@example.com )
SIR PHILI HAMPTON
sir philip hampton rbs