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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "the consignment" (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)
- "consignment " (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)
- "hundred thousand united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: William Butler <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2022 08:39:56 +0100
Subject: Your urgent respond is needed
Please accept my sincere apology if my email does not suit your
business or personal ethics. I will first introduce myself to you,My
name is Barr. William Butler, the Attorney to Late Mr. Andreas
Schranner, a German Businessman and a miner at Kruger Gold Company, a
Geologist by profession and he died in 2000.No other person knows this
Please view this website for verification
My Client Mr. Andreas Schranner has a deposit of Ten Million, Eight
Hundred Thousand United state dollars (US$10.8M) in a Consignment with
a KBC BANK GROUP BELGIUM Security Firm.
Since then, nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of this
money, as he has no family member that has any knowledge as to the
existence of either the deposited US$10.8M in a consignment;
I have confidently discussed this issue with some of the KBC BANK
GROUP BELGIUM Security Firm officials and we have agreed to find a
reliable partner to deal with.
My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as the
Next of kin and beneficiary receiver of this late client?s deposit
US$10.8M in a consignment
The consignment was registered as CONFIDENTIAL DIPLOMATIC
DOCUMENTS;but its only me and you knows the content to be money IN
Cash please don't let any one know about it to avoid losing the funds.
If you are interested in receiving the consignment kindly let me know at once.
I am ready to release 50% of the total money to you for your help; I
will be expecting your reply today. Please advise me of any good and
lucrative business in your country that I can invest my share into.
This transaction is totally free of risk and life time opportunity for
us for our mutual benefits.
Kindly respond back to me to enable me give you the next step to adopt
to enable us to bring this life changing deal to reality.
My client Mr. Andreas Schranner, his wife Maria, their daughter Andrea
Eich, his son in- law Christian, and their children Maximilian and
Katharina, all perished on the Monday, 31 July, 2000 plane crash in
western German city of Moenchengladbach I look forward to your
Barr. William Butler