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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million 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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Mr Ramy Said Abdelkhalek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 01:58:42 -0800
Subject: I WANT TO INVEST IN YOUR COUNTRY
With due respect of your personality, l was very lucky to come across
your name and your contact through your country business directory.
For your kind information this proposal is NEVER a SCAM. I repeat
myself this proposal is not a scam. I am Mr.Ramy Said Abdelkhalek ,
the Financial adviser to Francisco Hernando Contreras known as Paco el
Pocero, was a Spanish businessman in the construction industry, who
died in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on 3rd April 2020.
Please view the website:
There is this fund that was kept in my custody years ago, please I
need your assistance for the transferring of this fund to your bank
account for both of us benefit for life time investment and the amount
is (US$36 Million Dollars).If you have an account or could provide an
account that can receive the fund without any restriction, reply me at
your earliest convenient for full details of this proposal and the
source of fund. So I decided to search for any of my late client's
relative which has been very difficult for me, as he did not declare
any other person, address, partner or relatives in the official paper
works of her deposit except her late son. I have every necessary
details information's to make the bank believe you and release the
fund to you within 5 banking working days, with your full co-operation
with me. After successful transfer of this fund to your bank account
in your country the sharing ratio is 50% for me while 50%is for you.
I will be waiting for your reply in my Email: Ramysaidprivate3000@outlook.com
My warmest regards to you.
Mr.Ramy Said Abdelkhalek