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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:

Fraud email example:

From: michel <>
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2019 08:13:11 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Hello

Good Morning,

Please this message is about a Billionaire from your country who I presume to be your relative because of the similarities in your last names.He happened to be one of the personalities I have worked with while he was an investor with our bank. In 2003 the subject matter came to our bank to engage in business discussions with a financial portfolio worth £20.7 million which he wished to have us turn over (invest) on his behalf. I was the officer assigned to his case. We turned the money around in various opportunities and made attractive margins for our first years of operation. In mid 2005, he asked that the money be liquidated for onward transfer because he needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash payments.I undertook all the processes and have the fund liquidated, and that was the last time we heard from him. I did everything humanly possible and took all the official steps to track him down or locate any of his family members all to no avail,and since he listed no next of kin in his bio-data form, I have no one to actually contact. It was few years after his surprise disappearance that I stumbled upon the Venezuela plane crash manifest where I discovered he has died in the aforementioned plane crash on Tuesday, 16th of August 2005. There is £20.7 Million plus the accrued interest abandoned in our bank all these years, and now my worst night-mare is about to happen as my bank management is now planning to revert the funds back into our treasury as unclaimed and abandoned monies.

What needs to be done now is for me to immediately insert your name from our system into his file and make you his rightful and legal heir. Once that is done the money automatically becomes yours by inheritance for us to grab and share. I am going to guide you with information, I mean furnish you with all the privileged relevant documents that will be required to prove your right to the estate, and have the funds released to you as the rightful and legal heir.

I am a family man, and this is a chance to provide them with new opportunities. There is no risk involved as it is simply an inheritance. There is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the only hitches I foresee here is from you, refusing to work with me and alerting my bank or mistake this proposal for a hoax, scam or junk otherwise wealth is just around the corner for you and I to grab and share.

Remain blessed as I await your response via this email

Thank You.

Yours Sincerely,

Prof. Michel Konczaty
Deputy Chief Operating Officer
BNP Paribas, Paris France
Tel: (33) 7 56 91 8508/ Fax: (33) 1 57

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