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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: "Mr.Robin Ramphal" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 22:43:04 +0000
Subject: Greetings


I am Mr.Robin Ramphal, and I am contacting you on business transfer of a
huge sum of money from a deceased account. Though I know that a transaction
of this magnitude will make anyone apprehensive and worried, but I am
assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. I decided to
contact you due to the urgency of this transaction.


I am an account manager with UBP Bank here in Jersey Channel Islands, in
charge of all nonresident accounts. I have been in this capacity working
with the bank for the last 15 years and I joined this institution in 1983
as a junior clerk and worked my way up through the ranks. On assumption of
duty in November 2002 I discovered a dormant account in my branch that was
opened in 1985 in the name of Karl Henning and I have kept close tab on
this very account for the last 15 years and it has remained dormant even
from the day the first deposit of USD($4.5 Million dollars) was made to
this moment, we have been investigating this account for the past 15 years
and discovered that Karl Henning was used as Pseudonym Name to open the
account while the original owner of the funds in question was the late
president of Philippines Ferdinand Marcos. The next of kin part was left
blank hence it was impossible for them to have claimed the funds these past
years or they have forgotten the existence of the funds entirely, in
agreement with my senior executive officer we have agreed to expunge the
blank portion of the next of kin and fill it up with the name of a would be
partner who we can insert his or her name and start the process of
transferring the funds out of the account to the new would be beneficiary.
I also have secured from the probate an order of mandamus to locate any
member of deceased Karl Henning family to become beneficiary of this fund.
Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual
business Endeavour by furnishing me with the following:

1.Beneficiary name and address
2.Identification documents
3.Direct Telephone

These requirements will enable me make some internal re-adjustments and
file your name in all the forms and other vital documents as next of kin to
the Pseudonym Name Karl Henning which before now was left blank when the
account was opened many years ago. Upon your reply, we shall then discuss
the sharing ratio and advice you the detailed procedure to follow and
achieve this once in a life time opportunity without any hitch. I must
assure you that if you are serious and follow my lead religiously, these
funds will be processed and released to you within 14-working-day period.
If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not take undue advantage of the
trust I have bestowed in you, I await your Immediate Reply.

Mr.Robin Ramphal

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