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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "please endeavor to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Ms J Lansana <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 21 May 2021 23:33:00 -0700
Subject: CAN I COUNT ON YOU?
I hope this message meet you in good faith
I humbly write to solicit for your partnership to assist me transfer and
investment of my inheritance funds (â¬ 8,700, 000, 00 Euro) from my late
father. I am Ms. Lansana Jeneba, and am the only child of my late parents.
Please I decided to contact you for this offer based on trust and your
understanding hoping that you will find it interesting to assist me with
your good mind.
It was very eventful that my father died mysteriously and according to the
culture and tradition here when a man dies, if he does not have a male
child, the brother takes his property leaving the wife and the daughters
empty handed. This is the exact case with me as I am the only daughter, I
lost my mother when I was barely a year old and my father refused to
re-marry despite all persuasion by friends and relatives, because he felt
solely responsible for my mother's death, as he only concentrated on his
business that he rarely pays attention to family affairs, He ensured that I
will had everything that I wanted. It was as a result that he made me the
next of kin to his fund deposit with the bank and stated that in the event
of any eventuality, I should have a direct access to the funds only when I
am 25 years, otherwise I should have a guardian to intercede on my behalf
for the release of the funds for investments purpose.
Unfortunately he passed away and I am not up to the age as bank stated in
the agreement with my late father, of which the reason the bank have refuse
me direct access from this funds despite my present predicaments, This is
the reason I am contacting you to stand and intercede on my behalf as
guardian, so that bank can release and transfer this fund to your bank
account for investments in your country.
I don't want people to take advantage of me that is why I decided to
written you for the first place to seek for you're trustworthy and your
concern to stand on my behalf to intercede and retrieve the fund to your
Please kindly indicate your interest to proceed with me if you can be of
assistance for this offer. I am willing to offer you 20% from the total
fund for your kind assistance once the fund is retrieved and secured to
Please endeavor to let me know your decision to proceed.