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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:
- "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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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: William Nkunene <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 06:39:06 +0000
Subject: BUSINESS PROPOSAL
TEL: +27 73 773 3886
PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL.
My name is Mr. Ciko Thomas, The Group Managing Executive of Nedank South Africa. my partner and me has decided to contact you because there is an account opened in this bank in 1998 and since 2000 nobody has operated on this account again. After going through some old files in the records, we discovered that Mr Smith B. Andrew died in a plane crash of Singapore Airlines Flight 006 (SQ006) was a scheduled passenger flight from Singapore Changi Airport to Los Angel's International Airport via Chiang Kai-shek Airport (now Taiwan Taoyuan including his wife and only daughter. You shall read more about the crash on visiting this site below
Which I got during my investigation. if we do not remit this money out urgently it would be forfeited to the government for nothing. The owner of this account is Mr Smith B. Andrew, a foreigner, and a miner at a Gold Company, a geologist by profession. No other person knows this account or anything concerning it, the account has no beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that the company does not know anything about this account and the money in this account is USD 25,000,000.00 (Twenty Five Million United States Dollars).
Since the death 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, 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 as no one has come up to be the next of kin.
In view of this I got your contact through a trade journal when I was making a research on a foreigner I will use in this great opportunity. For your assistant I will give you 20% of the total amount then 10% have been mapped out to be donated to the Orphanage home of your choice, while the remaining 70% will be for my partner and me. Upon the receipt of your response on my above email ( email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>) I will send you the procedures. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is 100% risk free and that you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for the smooth and easy transfer of this fund has been finalized.
Kindly contact me on the above stated email and phone number.
Thanks and God Bless You.
Mr CIKO THOMAS
GROUP MANAGING EXECUTIVE
NED BANK SOUTH AFRICA