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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million dollars" (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)
- ",000,000" (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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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 (AOL; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Arthur Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2021 11:31:01 +0000
TREASURER'S HOUSE FOR SALE
I am Mr.Mark Nelson, a banker by profession and I received in our
agency/bank Mr.Siricky, the close bodyguard to the former African Minister
of State, "may his soul rest in peace"
Mr.Siricky applied for a house loan from our institution while his request
was rejected and being so desperate, he revealed to me the secret of his
As background information, he said that his Boss was charged and convicted
for conspiracy against State security. So in July 2011,they were all
arrested and in the course of this, all his colleagues were shot and killed
at the spot while he was the only survivor and was taken to civilian prison
where his Boss was murdered.
Thanks to God that today Mr.Siricky is released from the prison after
spending 9 years and during my discussion with him, he confided a secret to
me and refused me to ever reveal it to anyone except the one who is ready
to help and "I sworn to him to keep my word"
He said that before their arrest, that they have already withdrawn the
totality of his Boss's money (US$ 195,000,000 (One hundred and ninety-five
Million Dollars) from the bank and he had with him an evidence to this
withdrawal which is his Boss statement of account and I saw this with my
own eyes and am still ready to send it to you if you want.
Indeed, Mr. Siricky maintained that they have buried all the money
withdrawn from the bank in one of his Boss houses and in addition, other
valuable items like Gold and Diamond, all were buried in the same house
together with the money and for me to be sure of these, I insisted and he
took me inside and showed me the places where both the Fund, Gold and
diamond were buried. I finally took some photos and made a video which I
can send to you for proof.
After the final arrest where Mr. Siricky colleagues were killed, all their
Boss properties (Houses, Cars, Landsâ¦etc) were confiscated by the
Government and later auctioned to individuals.
Mr. Siricky Boss's house where the fund and other treasures were buried was
bought by a foreign businessman who today wants to sell this house and go
to his Country while Mr. Siricky intends to give 40% of all those hidden
treasures to whoever helps him and pay for this house.
In conclusion, he said that the house when bought remains private property
to the buyer who can sell it anytime and get his/her money back. So this is
a deal where we have got nothing to lose rather to gain.
If you agree to invest in this deal please do not hesitate to contact me on
my email: email@example.com and call me directly on :+22898198603 for more