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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:
- "escrow account with no beneficiary" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 07:29:50 -0700
My name is Ulrich Bredemeyer, I am a District Manager of one of the
banks here in EUROPE, I am writing you this proposal in good faith; i
am a man of peace I have packaged a financial transaction that will
benefit you and I, as the regional Bank manager , it is my duty to
send in a financial report to my head office at the end of each
business year. On the course of the last year business report, I
discovered that my branch office made excess profit of (US$42.5Million).
I have placed these funds in escrow account with no beneficiary. As
an officer of this bank I cannot be directly connected to this money,
so my aim of contacting you is to assist me receive this money in your
bank account and get 40% of the total funds as your commission. I have
perfected the banking procedure to enable our head office transfer the
funds into your account in less than 7 working days.
I have not met with you in person neither have I had any business
relationship with you previously but I am instinctively convinced that
you are the ideal person I require to handle the funds for me. My
major concern is to see that this money is transferred into your
account, I would be very glad should you therefore confirm your
willingness to assist in receiving this fund before my final departure
to join you for the investment purpose.
Please reply with the information below to enable me give you a call
to further discussion
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
TELEPHONE and FAX NUMBERS:
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN