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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: "Peng Seng" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2022 22:20:23 -0500
Subject: BUSINESS PROPOSAL !
I am contacting you for a business proposal that will be of great benefit which would further create a financial opportunity for both of us. I need your assistance to secure an inheritance fund that belongs to a late investor of our bank who died as a result of a heart-related condition on march 2005.
Most importantly, I will need you to promise to keep whatever you learn from me between us even if you decide not to go along with me.
I want to utilize this opportunity and make use of this fund if I should present your name to the bank to stand as his business associate/ trustee for the fund to be released to you via transfer or online banking for easy transactions anywhere in the World.
The bank will give you an international online transfer option, With these you can transfer the funds without any risk.
Should you be interested in working with me on this project? Please reply back and let's benefit from this golden opportunity. I will make more details available to you on receipt of a positive response
Thanks and have a nice day,