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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 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: "Robert Richmond" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 18:53:11 +0800
Subject: [*SPAM*] Re
My name is Richmond and I was a book keeper to a wealthy businessman from India.
I did a lot of financial transactions for my boss who was involved in various kinds of businesses in Europe, Asia and the Scandinavia before the unfortunate emergence of the corona virus my boss was killed on one of his business trips to China.
However before his death I made a lodgement and deposit of $221MUSD in an account with a bank in Egypt.
The bank has been sending the statement of accounts which I still receive till date. I have been monitoring the account to see if any changes or claim will be made as to the sum or whereabouts but non was noticed or made and with this I am writing to you to assist with the transfer of these funds.
I will make all necessary arrangement for the transfer of these funds to your account based on trust and loyalty and at the end of the successful transfer to your account we will share the money 50/50?.
I will furnish you with more details if you are interested and ready to work with me.
I look out for your interest and response to my mail indicating your willingness to carry out such business.
However, in the case where you are not interested I ask that you delete this mail and message to you for security and safety reasons and as you do so God will honor you.
Please send your reply with interest