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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: AFRICAN FINANCE FORUM <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 11:11:01 +0100
Subject: Attn: - The Chairperson - Africa Finance Forum on Foreign Payment.
Attn: - The Chairperson - Africa Finance Forum on Foreign Payment.
This is to notify you that your case was presented to us and was
deliberated upon this morning during the ongoing National Economic Summit of the
Republic of D'Ivoire in the presence of the president, African Development Bank,
Donald Kaberuka, The president of CÃ´te d'Ivoire and the Honorable
Minister of Finance as well as communications,and other key economic
policy makers in Africa.
I was personally touched when I went through your file and found out how
you have spent so much money in the hands of some miscreants in our society
which were never properly accounted for the government thereby causing and
denying you the opportunity of receiving this your long overdue fund transfer.
You should ask yourself a question, if really you are dealing with the genuine
and legitimate government or bank officials how come your fund
transfer will last for such a long period of time without being actualized.
It was discovered that some unscrupulous individuals aiming to frustrate all
your efforts have removed some vital documents from your payment file
for their selfish interest.
A 12-Man harmonization, normalization, notarization, computerization and
re-documentation committee has been set up by the African government through
"Africa Development Bank" to finally perfect all the necessary documentation to
that effect and find the most effective means of making sure you
receive this fund.
After strict scrutiny on your file, we discovered that some top
officials of the banks in collaborationwith stupid and selfish lawyers
and other government officials are working against your interest in this
case including your associate attorney which names I'll release in due cause.
To enable me to advise you further, kindly respond to this mail so that I will
advise you on when the credit will be accomplished in your favor. Please you
must keep this arrangement to yourself alone and never let any person know
of it as we are closing up on those officers whose names were shortlisted
for all this misbehavior to be brought to book for proper and
disciplinary action to be taken against them.
Because of the nature of this assignment, this committee headed by
my good self is not in any way ready to receive any update from any of
those groups till your account is credited.
We have already released funds belonging to five individuals in four
(4) different Countriesâafter much scrutiny. Nevertheless, your own
has already been penciled.
Don't let this opportunity slip out of your hand.
We do not really receive telephone or fax communication because of the high
level of people to be compensated and to cut all phone / fax frauds.
Do respond directly through this email only for security and
discretion of this case ?.
I anticipate your urgent response.
Madam Zanelli Simoddu