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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:
- "utmost confidentiality" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "very confidential" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "observe utmost confidentiality" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Mr Philippe Robinet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 21:30:43 +0000
Subject: Greetings, my dear,,,,
Greetings dear From Mr Philippe Robinet
My name is Mr Philippe Robinet, foreign remittance director of Bank of
Africa rue du chÃ¢teau d'eau Yamoussoukro (CÃ´te d'Ivoire) . This is a
very confidential proposition for you. On July 21st 2010 before
political chaos in Ivory Coast, an Israelite oil
consultant/contractor. Deposited a total sum of (Fifteen million five
hundred thousand british pounds sterling) here in my office also since
then I have not heard about him.
In January 2010, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding
address but got no reply. After three months, I sent a reminder to the
same addresses he put, and finally I discovered from his contract
employers here in Ivory Coast that Mr. Rabbi Hyim Shafne died of a
heart attack because of his wife's sudden death too. Further
investigations and all attempts to trace his next of kin since April
last year were fruitless. Again, I made further investigation and
discovered that Mr. Rabbi Hyim Shafne did not declare any kin or
relations in all his official documents, including his bank deposit
paperwork in my bank.
this fund is still sitting in our branch here and no one have ever
come forward to claim it, according to the international banking
ethics, and codes of conducts, under section 544 law says at the
expiration from (ten) 10 years, the money will revert to the ownership
of the government if nobody applies to claim the contents fund here.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to
stand in as the next of kin to late Mr. Rabbi Hyim Shafne here. I
would like you to think about it, then you can respond with your
contact details / address so that it will enable me here to prepare
the necessary documents related to these funds here in your
beneficiary and put you in place as the next of kin of these funds
here and to facilitate the transfer.
There is no risk at all as all the documents for this transaction will
be supervised by me here immediately regarding my position as the
foreign remittance director guarantees the successful execution of
this transaction. That was why I requested your private Telephone for
easy communication, you should observe utmost confidentiality, and be
rest assured that this fund would be most profitable for both of us
because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your
Dr Philippe Robinet.