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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:
- "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)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: =?UTF-8?B?TXJzLsKgTm9yYcKgQWJkwqBNYW5hZg==?= <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 19:30:31 -0700
Subject: WITH DUE RESPECT YOUR ATTENTION IS VERY VERY NEEDED URGENT.
Dear Sir/ Madam,
Please forgive me if my proposal comes to you as an embarrassment as I had
no previous correspondence with you before now.
Iâm Mrs. Nora Abd Manaf, I'm the Chief Human Capital Officer & adulating
committee members Malayan Banking BHD (MAYBANK). During our last banking
Audits we discovered an abandoned account belongs to one of our Foreign
Deceased Customer, Late Mr. Wang Jian, The Co-founder and Co-chairman of
HNA Group, a Chinese conglomerate with significant real estate ownerships
across the U.S., died in an accident while on a business trip in France on
Please go through this link:
I am writing to request your assistance in transferring the sum of
$15.000.000.00 (Fifteen Million United States Dollars) into your account as
the Late Mr. Wang Jian Foreign Business Partner, which I am planning to use
the fund to invest for public benefit as follows;
(1. Establish An Orphanage Home To Help The Orphanages Children.
2. Build A Hospital To Help The Poor.
3. Build A Nursing Home For Elderly And Widows People Need Care & Meal
Meanwhile, before I contacted you I have done personal investigation in
locating any of Late Mr. Wang Jian relatives who knows about the account,
but I came out unsuccessful. I will also like to bring to your notice that
I have made every necessary arrangement with my colleagues in transferring
the funds into your account without any problem.
However, I took this decision to use this fund in supporting the Orphanages
Children, Widows, Less Privileged and Elderly People Need Care & Meal
Support, because i don't want this fund to be transfer into our Government
Treasury Account as unclaimed fund as the law of my country abiding.
More details information will be forwarded to you to breakdown explaining
how the fund will be transferring to you little by little as i have
arranged with the Foreign Remittance Director.
Waiting for your urgent reply,
Nora Abd Manaf .