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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "you will be given 30%" (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 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Paul Jones" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 09:01:50 +0100
Subject: Urgent Business Proposal.
Urgent Business Proposal.
I am Mr. Paul Jones, I work with the investor's center of the London
stock exchange group Plc. We have for some years now, been dealing
with some unclaimed shares running to the tune of Â£7,711,900.85 Pound
sterling and recently my boss secretly decided to sell it off with the
intention that the two of us will make use of the fund for investment
outside the stock house.
An American investor has paid for the unclaimed shares in Dollars and
the cash has been received and saved in China Citic Bank (CCB) for
onward movement outside the Country. But unfortunately, my boss passed
away two months ago, and the family has read his last testament (WILL)
without mentioning anything about this cash deposited in China Citic
So at this point, I was the only person that knows this deal and where
this money is. But, since I cannot do it alone, I contacted my boss
wife and told her all that transpired while her husband was alive and
I am the only trusted partner who knows about this money because of
this, she has given me the go ahead order to make sure I get a trusted
person overseas who will receive this fund and share it, so that her
family will make use of their own share of the money to complete her
husbandâs intention and his soul will rest in peace.
The total amount in Dollars is US$10,600,000.00 and this amount is
still available in China Citic Bank (CCB). Show your interest ASAP by
sending your full contact details;
1. Full name
3. Cell phone
Send all this requested information via my private email: (
email@example.com ), while a legal practitioner
will use this details to get a legal permit for you to receive this
cash outside this Country for our sharing. You will be given 30% out
of the total sum.
Your co-operation is highly expected to help this widow and her children.
Mr. Paul Jones.