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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:
- "await your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "top secret" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "there is no risk involved" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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: BANK ANTHONY <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 14:52:50 +0000
Subject: FOR INVESTMENT
REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE
IT IS MY HUMBLE PLEASURE TO WRITE YOU THIS LETTER IRRESPECTIVE OF THE FACT THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW ME. I GOT YOUR CONTACT DURING MY SEARCH FOR A RELIABLE AND TRUSTWORTHY PERSON THAT CAN HANDLE SUCH A CONFIDENTIAL TRANSACTION OF THIS NATURE.
I AM BARRISTER BANK ANTHONY, A FAMILY LAWYER TO THE FAMILY OF LATE PRESIDENT JOHN POMBE MAGUFULII THE LATE TANZANIA PRESIDENT WHO DIED OF COVID 19 AT THE AGE OF 61 ON THE 18TH OF MARCH 2021. VISIT THIS LINK FOR THE DEATH INFO (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56437852)
MRS.JANETH MAGUFULI THE WIFE OF THE LATE PRESIDENT CALLED ME RECENTLY TO INFORMED ME ABOUT THE FUND US$8 MILLION THE HUSBAND DEPOSITED WITH A SECURITY VAULT FOR SAFE KEEPING IN MADRID SPAIN WHICH SHE WILL LIKE TO INVEST IN YOUR COUNTRY.
SHE HAS APPROACHED ME TO GET A RELIABLE PERSON WHO WILL CLAIM THE MONEY ON HER BEHALF FROM THE SECURITY COMPANY FOR THE INVESTMENT. IF YOUR CONDITION IS ACCEPTABLE, WE WILL PREPARE YOU AS THE BENEFICIARY AND REASONABLE PERCENTAGE WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU.
NOTE THERE IS NO RISK INVOLVED BECAUSE I AM THE FAMILY LAWYER. THEREFORE, CONTACT ME ON MY EMAIL AS STATED ABOVE. PLEASE IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED JUST DESTROY THIS INFORMATION, AS THIS IS A TOP SECRET. WE SHALL BE PREPARED TO DO MORE BUSINESS WITH YOU AT THE END OF THIS TRANSACTION.
GET BACK TO ME THROUGH THE FOLLOWING EMAIL:email@example.com
I AWAIT YOUR URGENT RESPONSE.
BARRISTER BANK ANTHONY
(SAN) B.L, LLB, PH.D)