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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million us 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Al Idress Akim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2022 12:12:05 +0100
Subject: Assalam alaikum.
I am an active banker, I saw your email address while browsing
through the bank DTC Screen in my office yesterday. now I am in a
better position to transfer about $8.3 million US Dollars into a
foreign account. If you are willing and capable to work with me to
receive this fund into a personal or company's account, I will give
you the full detailed information. No risk is involved as it will pass
through normal banking procedures.
Hence, I am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be
transfer to your account which we will shared between us in the ratio
of 50% for me,50% for you and both of us will share any expenses that
will come during the release/transfer from our bank to your bank
account, if you agree to my business proposal. Further details of this
Fund release and transfer will be forwarded to you as soon as I
receive your detail Mail.
1)Your Full Names. (2)Your country. (3)Your Telephone
(4)Your Occupation .(5)Your Age. (6) Your full Address.
I will use these detail informationâs to fill a release/transfer and
arrange some documents on your behalf in our bank here as the
beneficiary owner of this fund abandoned in our bank
I want you to reply urgently so I will give you full details on how
this business transaction will be executed. Please listen, this is
real and goes on in Banks all over the world without people knowing.
Let us utilize this opportunity because it does not always come, A lot
of customers open private accounts with different Banks without the
knowledge of their families and when they die, the money will be lost
to the Bank unless someone comes to claim it. This is how a lot of
Bank Directors make so much money silently. Also note I have the
ability to conduct this transaction with total confidentiality with
any company or individual involved, and both of us will share any
expenses that will come during the release/transfer Anticipating your
Please contact me through my private Email: email@example.com
All THE BEST Thanks
Alh Idriss Akim Outta