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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 us 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)
- "diplomatic courier" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: ashraf mojid <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2021 14:40:16 -0700
Subject: I NEED YOUR PARTNERSHIP
Da Afghanistan Bank
my name is Ashrat Mojid , i came about your name via google . please you
should not be scared about this message .
Let me first introduce my self to you . i am a senior banker in my
country.as it is globally knows, that my country is presently
un rest because the Taliban Group has toppled the government of our
president (Ashraf Ghani).
i have 2 kids and one wife and presently i dont know their whereabout as i
am writting this message to you ,Because our situation is presently bad.
and many of the afghan citizens in my country
are waiting for the evacution of citizens from the united states of America
and some neighbouring countries .
i just need yours assistance and trust . I am presently having the sum of
$us70,000,000 ( seventy million us dollars ) in my custody. All i need
from you is just a transparency and trust
from you .
Listed below are what i need from you :
1) your scan data page copy for a more familiarity
2) direct phon number that i can reach you
3) your full address for diplomatic courier delivery or your account
number and bank name.
so that i can use to it to process these funds in your details .
I am ready to give you 10% of this fund. and you keep the remaining
balance on this
money for me and my family.
please , i want you to keep the secret of this deal .hope to read from you