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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 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:
- "there are practically no risks involved" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Silver Walker" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2022 06:44:34 +0100
Subject: Bussiness Deal with you
>From Mr Silver Walker,
Malayan Banking Berhad. Menara Maybank.
100 Jalan Tun Perak. 50050 Kuala
This letter is not intended to cause any form of embarrassment to you, but rather intended for a good purpose that will be beneficial to both of us. I am writing to seek your consent in a private and confidential matter regarding some funds un-accounted for in our bank here in Malaysia. during this Ukraine/Russia Conflict.
I need assistance from a trustworthy and reliable Foreigner whom I will file as a beneficiary. Your major role would be to provide either an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank account immediately to receive this money and get 30% of the total funds as commission. There are practically no risks involved,
The transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any breach of the law, it will be a simple bank-to-bank transaction, and all I need from you is to stand claim as the beneficiary (next of kin) so that my head office can order the transfer to your designated bank account under few working days.
I am Mr. Silver Walker, the Regional Manager of Malayan Banking Berhad Malaysia,and I write you this proposal in good faith, I am married with five lovely kids. It is my duty as the regional manager to send in financial report to my head office in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur at the end of each business year. On the course of this Russian/Ukraine conflict, I discovered the sum of Two million eight hundred and fifty thousand Dollars $2,850,000.00. The fund is of clean origin.
The owner of this account is a foreigner, a program leader of Ukrainian citizen. Until his death. just two weeks ago on the ongoing war in Ukraine. I will provide all necessary information needed in order to claim this fund. hoping n God that you will never let me down now and in the future. as we proceed to claim this fund together to avoid confiscation nor frozen from our bank' Our head office is not aware of this Funds and can never be aware of it.
I have placed this funds on what we call escrow call account with no beneficiary and as an officer of this bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money, hence i contacted you. If you accept to work with me, I will appreciate it very much as you are the first and the only person I am contacting for this particular transaction. We will start the first transfer with $ 500,000,00 Dollars to avoid any form of trace nor investigations from the H/Q. upon successful transfer without any disappointment from your side, we shall re-apply for the payment of the remaining amount to your account. At this juncture i wish to tell you what prompted me to package this deal.
I have a 9-year old daughter who has leukaemia, disease of the blood, and she needs a bone marrow transplant or she will die. I want this transplanting to be done in any good children hospital in your country, if there is one. Once this fund is transferred into your account, I shall resign from my job and bring my family to start a new life in your country. I would be grateful if you would help me in looking out for good investment opportunities with my own part of the money in a very profitable business. I have worked for this bank for the past 15 years yet I have nothing to show for it,
I really need your assistance to secure this fund as soon as possible. as soon as you receive this message if you think we can work together, so that we can go over this details. Send your Private mobile phone number: for more proper elaborations. PLEASE GET BACK TO ME THROUGH MY PRIVATE EMAIL FOR EASY COMMUNICATION email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mr. Silver Walker.
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