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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "will come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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 next of kin scam.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- management avd sa 133, 28001 jhb south africa email: email@example.com (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Benjamin Sesay <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 05:24:52 +0000
Subject: Investment Securities
SAFE TRUST INVESTMENT SECURITIES S.A.
Financial Services, Investment Advice, Safety Deposits
Individual investment Portfolio Management
Avd SA 133, 28001 JHB South Africa
Email: email@example.com <mailto:%firstname.lastname@example.org%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20>
My name is Benjamin Sesay . I am the director of operation Safe Trust Investment Securities South Africa. I know this letter will come to you as a surprise but I want you to understand that my contacting you is divine because I want us to do this business deal together. I got your contact from international brochure and decided to contact you for this simple business deal considering the fact that you will help me in the actualization of this great business deal. I am contacting you concerning a fund valued $15,000.000.00 (Fifteen Million US Dollars) deposited with our affiliate bank by our late esteemed customer late Mr. Faik Ayaz, a Turkish citizen and contractor residing in Iraq. He moved this money from Iraq to South Africa for investment. He went back to Iraq to bring his entire family to Spain from Iraq but he died in a bomb blast with his entire family.
Since I got the information about the bomb blast and the death of our customer, I felt bad because from my adequate investigation I gathered that all his family members were involved in the bomb blast there by living nobody to claim the above mentioned fund. Based on this I contacted you to act as the cousin, relative or next of kin to our late esteemed customer. I will give you information's of the fund which you will use to apply for the release of the fund to you as the cousin and next of kin to the deceased customer. This business is risk free; nobody will suspect you coupled with the fact that I will give you all the information of the fund which will prove to our affiliate bank that you are related or next of kin to the late depositor. Upon the successful release and transfer of this fund to your account we will share the money 60-35% respectively, while 5% will be set aside to reimburse expenses that will be incurred during the transfer of the fund to your account.
Finally, be mindful that nobody here knows that I contacted you for this business deal. To this effect you should please keep this letter confidential whether you are interested or not because if any body here discovers that I gave out this information I will definitely lose my job and will be into big problem. You should signify your interest to do this business deal with me by my private email address for security purposes. This business deal will not last more than 7 days if you signify your interest to work with me to actualize this golden opportunity. You should contact me on my private email address: email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> ,for more details.
I anticipate your swift and immediate response.