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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: julie bannie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2022 00:12:53 -1200
Subject: HELLO DEAR
I hope that this mail reach you in good health, please do not be upset
with my mail and if you find it not interested please delete it and
ignore it as i do not mean to offend you in anyway. I am Ms Julie
Bennie, I am working as auditing/finance department operating in one
of the leading bank here in Senegal, and I want to inform you that an
amount of US$6,000.000 Million will
be moved on your name as the Foreign Business Partner to our late
deceased customer Mr Waleed Hazaa Salim, I need your partnership to
receive this money as we shall share the money in the ratio of 42/58%.
You will receive this amount through Diplomatic means or through bank
to bank transfer.
i would like absolute confidentiality and rest assured that i am here
to direct you and help you with all information required for us to
achieve this project for security reason, the director board has held
a meeting regarding this unclaimed fund for our late decease customer
who dies years ago and no family or next of kin to apply for the claim
so i will guide you to apply as the business partner and give you
directives to follow so the project can be successfully achieved and
will delete all your information from our bank system once we
successfully achieve this fund with my position in the bank.
Please send your full contact details such as.
1) your full names.
2) your direct telephone numbers.
3) your country and home address.
4) your age and occupation.
5) your passport copy or any of your ID card.
more details on how to claim the fund will be given upon your reply.
Your quick response will be highly appreciated.
Ms Julie Bennie.