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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:
- "this transaction is real and never a joke" (this phrase is often used in inheritance scams such as next of kin or https://www.419scam.org/419-murdered-businessman.htm">orphan scams. )
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Williams Alwell <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 12:53:06 +0000
Subject: Urgent Assistance From Mr.Williams Alwell
From Mr.Williams Alwell
plot 155 Cocody Abidjan
Cote d Ivoire
Contact me on my authernative email:
(firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information
I am Mr. Williams Alwell the son of late former
Director of finance, DR.GEORGE ALWELL Sierra-Leone diamond and mining
corporation. I must confess my agitation is real, and my words are my
bond, in this proposal. My late father diverted this money meant for
purchase of ammunition, for my country, during the peak of disastrous
civil war in my country, now he has deposited the money with a BANK in
Abidjan, where I am residing under political Asylum with my only
Sister Mary Alwell who is 19 years old.
Now the war in my country is over with the help of ECOMOG soldiers,
the present government of Sierra Leone has revoked the passport of all
officers who served under the former regime and now ask countries to
expel such person at the same time freeze their account and confiscate
their asset, it is on this note that I am contacting you, all I needed
from you is to furnish me with your bank particulars:
1) Account name
2) Account number
3) Bank address, telephone and fax number
4) your private telephone /fax numbers
For you to assist me transfer this money in your private bank account,
the said amount is Eight million five hundred thousand Dollars (US$8.5
Million). I am compensating you with 15 % of the total money amount,
now all my hope is banked on you and I really wants to invest this
money in your country, were their is stability of Government,
political and economic welfare.
Honestly I want you to believe that this transaction is real and never
a joke. My late Father DR.GEORGE ALWELL gave me the deposit slip
issued to him by the BANK on the date of deposit, for you to be
clarify because, I do not expose myself to anybody I see, I believe
that you are able to keep this transaction secret for me because this
Money is the hope of my life, it is important.
Please write to me immediately after you must have gone through my
message. Feel free and make it urgent. That is the reason why I offered
you 15 % of the total money amount, and in case of any other necessary
expenses you might cure, I am resolving to give you an addition of 2%
during this transaction. N.B Try and negotiate for me some profitable
blue chip investment opportunities which is risky free which I can
invest with this money when it is transferred to your account,
Personally I am interested in estate management and hotel business,
please advise me. And promise me and my Sister to be our guardian
considering our situation and not to betray us.
And my late Father used me and my only Sister as the beneficiary /
next of kin on the day of deposit and also told me I need an
assistance of a foreigner with a legitimate bank Account abroad who
will stand as co-beneficiary and partner abroad to ensure a successful
hitch free transfer of the fund abroad.
Thanks and God bless
Mr. Williams Alwell