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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: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 01:09:07 +0100
Subject: I need your assistance

Hello Sir

My name is Mr. Y. B. Hariantono, I solicit for your assistance in claiming a deceased customer's fund as the next of kin.

Meanwhile, I am in charge of the IT And Operations, of which every sensitive information passes through my office, the fund in question was deposited at the Head Office of the Bank Negara Indonesia, which amounts to US$18.4 million.

The deceased person contracted coronavirus in December 2019, while on vacation with his family in China, leaving behind no one to stand as next of kin, since then I have made all efforts to locate any family member but to no avail.

I decided to contact you, regarding your pedigree, and also to stall the attempt of other Directors from taking it for themselves by labeling it as unclaimed funds. I have relevant documents in my possession to back up this claim as the next of kin.

Please treat this mail as confidential, by being as discreet as possible. As you can see in the link below my position with the Bank Negara Indonesia BNI.

I wait for your response only if you are ready to assist.

Mr. Y.B. Hariantono
IT/Operations Director

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