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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 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Edem Kossi" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2021 13:37:39 +0100
Subject: Hello dear
*How are you doing today ? My name is Mr.Edem kossi, I'm working with
foreign Investment operation here in Ecobank. I have a very good business
transaction deal that will benefit both of us and bring us together in no
distant time i want to share it with you*
*I have a customer who died years ago and before his death he deposited a
huge of money in the bank here and now the bank director are planning to
seat on the fund but since i am his account officer and i have all the
legal documents needed to claim the fund that is why i seek for your
assistance because i can not do it alone i want you to handle this
transaction deal with me, to be honest with you all i need in this
transaction is good heart, trustworthy and respect for each other and i
promise you that you will never regret doing this transaction*
*Meanwhile the amount involved is $ 5.6 Million usd Dollars, i choose you
for this deal because is only a foreigner that can handle this transaction.
That is why I want to present you as next of kin to my late client so we
can make the claim. *
*The sharing of the money will be in the ratio of 50/50 with you, 5% from
my share and 5% from your share. That is 10% to recover our expenses after
the deal. No risk involved. Please Keep this information secret and
confidential, do not tell anyone about this value for security reasons.
kindly get back to me as soon as you receive this message for more
information and confirmation*
*BP : 3261, LomÃ©, Togo*
*2365, Boulevard du Mono*
*Email : firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> *