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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:
Fraud email example:
From: Samuel Victor <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2021 10:24:13 +0800
Subject: HAPPY NEW YEAR IN ADVANCE
I know that you will be very shocked and surprised seeing such kind of
message. I am personal Accountant Director with Rulers Reliable Bank
(RRB). It is with good spirit of heart I opened up this great
opportunity to you. A deceased client of mine died as a result of
heart-related condition on march 2005. His heart condition was due to
the death of the members of his family in the tsunami disaster on the
26 December 2004 in Sumatra Indonesia where they all lost their live.
There is a draft account opened in my bank in 1999 by a long-time
client in our bank, a national of a country. He was a CEO/a textile
company owner, business man, a miner at Kruger mining company, he was
a geologist and consultant to several other mining conglomerates
operating in Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Pakistan,
Vietnam all in Asia, before he passed away on 12th march 2005 leaving
nobody as the next of kin of his account after his death.
The amount in this account is currently $19,340,000 (Nineteen Million
Three Hundred and Forty Thousand United States Dollars) I want to
present you as a beneficiary, I will use my position and influence in
our bank to make them release this money to you for us to share.
Note signify your interest in your response and I will reply you with
my private email address.
Executive Member Board Directors
Rulers Reliable Bank (RRB)