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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:
- "million united states 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)
- "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)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- 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.Joy Dale" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 00:01:44 -0800
Subject: Attention: Beneficiary,
Standard Life House,
30 Lothian Road,
Edinburgh EH1 2DH
My name is Mr. QUINLAN BAGOT, Manager of Standard Life Bank Limited.
Though I have not considered this medium to be the best manner to have
approached you on this issue being that the internet has been greatly
abused over the recent years and is very unsecured for informationâs
of vital importance. I have decided to take the chance seeing that no
other means which could have been faster and more efficient than the
I am contacting you concerning a deceased customer and an investment
he placed under our banks management four years ago to the tune of
eighty million united states dollars($80,000,000.00).I would
respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail
confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by
as a result of this mail.
I have been in charge of this department for nine years and to best of
my knowledge, I have discharged my duty with equity, In the process of
review of the financial report by my department, I discovered that
both of you have a similar last name, hence I contacted you so that I
can give you further briefing on my intention and how to disburse the
funds and estate he left behind.
My proposal; you share the same surname With our late client; I am
prepared to place you as the next of kin and have the funds release to
you as the closest surviving relation, I am prepared to share the
money with you in half 50/50, I have evaluated the risks and the only
risk I have here is from you refusing to work with me and alerting my
again, note I am a family man; I have a wife and children. I send you
this mail not without a measure of fear aas to what the consequences,
but I know within me that nothing ventured is to never come easy or on
a platter of gold.
Contact: Manager of Standard Life