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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:
- "00,000.00" (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)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- 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:
Date: 06 May 2021 16:44:52 -0700
Subject: Atttention Please...!!!
I am Mr, Faisal Abdulhamid Faruk The Deputy General Manager-Audit & Compliance at Ziraat Bankasi here in TURKEY. I write you this proposal in good faith hoping that I will rely on you. In 2006, a customer of my bank who has your country in his file as his place of origin and same with your country, made a fixed deposit for 36 calendar months, valued at US$7,400,000.00 with my bank. I was his account officer before I rose to the position of the auditor general now. The maturity date for this
deposit contract was 16th of January 2009.
Unfortunately, while on a business trip ,he died in a deadly earthquake that occurred on May 12, 2008 in Sichuan province of China which killed at least 68,000 people. Since the last quarter of 2009 until today,the management of my bank has been finding a means to reach him so as ascertain if he will want to roll over the Deposit or have the contract sum withdrawn. Since September 2009, when I discovered that this will happen, I learnt of his death ,so I have tried to think up a procedure to
preserve this fund and use the proceeds for charity. Some directors here have been trying to find out from me the information about this account and the owner, but I have kept it closed because I know that if they become aware of his demise, they will confistigate the funds for themselves. Therefore, I am seeking your cooperation to present you as the one to benefit from his fund at his death since you share the same nationality, so that my bank head quarters will pay the funds to you.
I have done enough inside bank arrangements and will only have to put in your details into the information network in the bank computers and reflect you as his next of kin. We are like family now, so I am suggesting we share the funds equal, 50/50% to both parties. My share will assist me to Finish up a charity organization Building Project and my real Estate Project which i have at hand and to help the poor and also own a company which has been my dream. May Almighty Allah bless you and thanks
very Much. I look forward to having a Good relationship with you after this transaction.
Please contact me directly here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Faisal Abdulhamid Faruk
General Manager of Ziraat Bankasi here in TURKEY