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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: "Mr. Y.B. Hariantono" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2022 07:32:16 -0800
Subject: Please dear, your urgent reply is needed

Hi, friend. Very urgent message for you

My name is Mr. Y. B. Hariantono and I work with Bank Negara Indonesia the
Head Office of Bank Negara Indonesia. I have a sure business concern on my
hands which I would like to share with you in an email summary.

Although this idea is not new in banking circles, it can change our
financial lives forever if we work together. At your request I can send you
this summary. You can see in the link below my position with the Bank
Negara Indonesia BNI.


Mr. Y. B.Hariantono

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