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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:
- "% commission" (Beware of any scheme that involves depositing checks or money orders or receiving wire transfers in your bank account and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere, for a percentage of 5-15% of the total. Such offers are *always* fraudulent and you will be liable for the entire amount when the checks, money orders or wire transfers turn out to be fraudulent. Any money already forwarded comes out of *your* pocket then. )
- "affidavit " (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- 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: "Dr. Lawrence Franklin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 04:06:24 -0800
Subject: RE: CAN WE TALK
As you know already, our primary role as a broker in this transaction
is to source a credible and reliable asset/investment manager to drive
this investment opportunity. The investor (Lender) has nominated
FIDELITY CONSULTANTS LTD, a UK based financial advisor to coordinate
the loan process with you. Their primary objective is to formulate
documentations and inform you by channeling it through the most
appropriate platform that will ensure a hitch free transfer of funds
into your bank account.
Before we proceed further I want to sign an undertaking with you that
you are going to give me 5% out from your 25% commission from the
total sum $200Million. I want it to be type it with your company
letterhead paper signed once I receive the agreement I will obtain an
affidavit of empowerment transferring the power ownership into your
name that will give you total command of the funds and put you in
direct communication Fidelity Consultants Ltd
You can check through their website
Kindly provide me with the following:
(1) Full Name:
(2) Postal Address:
(3 Telephones and Fax Number:
(5) Date of Birth:
(6) Copy of your international passport or ID card
Get back to me for more details
Dr. Lawrence Franklin