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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:
- 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:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Afetsi Kofi Awoonor-Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2022 02:19:20 -0300
Subject: Please your immediate response is needed
Hello dear Sir/madam
Please exercise a little patience and read through our mail.
Also, kindly allow me to introduce ourselves to you, our names are Afetsi
Kofi Awoonor-Williams. I'm a 26 years old male from Ghana, West Africa, and
my kids sister Miss. Cindy Kofi Awoonor-Williams 24 years old, Cindy is my
only sister and the only daughter of our late parents. Our beloved mother
died in July 2005. our Late Father Prof. Kofi Awoonor-Williams, is well
known as Ghanaian poet and one of the African distinguished literary
figures, he served as Ghanaâs ambassador to Brazil and Cuba in the 1980s,
as well as United Nations envoy during the 1990-94 presidency of Jerry
Rawlings. I and my Father were among the scores of people killing by Al
Qaeda-aligned terrorists, who attacked a busy shopping mall in Nairobi,
Kenya on September, 21, 2013. When members of Al Shabab, a Somali-based
militia, seized the Westgate Shopping Mall in a hail of bullets in Kenya's
worst terrorist attack.
Footage shows full extent of destruction to Westgate mall
The collapse came on Monday, shortly after four large explosions rang out
followed by billows of black smoke at the Westgate shopping centre in
Nairobi Kenya: www.dailymail.co.uk
We are constrained to contact you because of what we have been passing
through the maltreatment which we have been receiving from our wicked
uncles who planned to take away all our late father's treasury and
properties from us since the unexpected death of our beloved parents, we
were very lucky that our uncles did not discover where my sister Cindy kept
my father's File which contained the most important documents of all our
father owns while i was badly injured and know nothing that happened but
God used Cindy to acted wisely. Presently we are staying in(Damba refugee
camp Ouagadougou sector 19 off mali road Burkina Faso) thatâs the camp
address we drop out from school because of the kind maltreatment we are
receiving for our wicked uncle, Now we seeking for your long term
relationship and business investment assistance from you to get our
inheritance fund transferred so that we can go back to our studies. My
father of blessed memory deposited the total sum of $7.3 Million USD with
the United Bank for Africa in Burkina Faso in my name as the next of kin, I
contacted the Bank to clear the deposit but the Regional Bank Manager told
us that our beloved father placed an instruction on the fund that we must
present a foreign trustee who will help us invest the fund.
Please we need your help in transferring our inheritance fund into a
savings account while we will relocate to your country to settle down with
you as our guardian. As you indicate your interest to help us we will give
you the account information and the bank branch contact where our beloved
father deposited the fund with my name as the next of kin. However It is
our intention to give you 30% out of the total fund transferred to
compensate for your assistance after the transfer and the balance shall be
our investment in any profitable venture which you will recommend to us as
we have no idea about any business/foreign investment.
Meanwhile I would like us to have a live video chat on (Skype) before we
move on, the video chat will help us a lot and for more understanding, so
if you agree with us on the video chat please contact us with the Skype DI
SkypeID: Afetsi Kofi Awoonor
Mr. Afetsi Kofi Awoonor-Williams