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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.
- 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: HassanOmar <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2022 01:47:13 +0100
Subject: RECheck your Email
My name is Dr Hassan Omar, I am the regional manager of
the Commercial bank of Dubai in the City of Dubai UAE. I got your
information during my search through the Internet. I am 58 years of
age and married with 2 lovely kids. It may interest you to hear that I
am a man of Peace and don't want a problem, I only hope we can assist
each other. If you don't want this business offer kindly forget it as
I will not contact you again.
I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us,
as the regional manager of the Commercial bank of Dubai; it is my duty
to send in a financial report to my head office here in the city of
Dubai at the end of each year. In the course of the last year 2022 end
of year report, I discovered that my branch in which I am the manager
made NINE million five hundred and fifty thousand dollars
[9,550.000.00] which my head office is not aware of and will never be
aware of. I have since placed this fund on what we call SUSPENSE
ACCOUNT without any beneficiary.
As an officer of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this
money, so this informed my contacting you for us to work so that you
can assist receive this money into your bank account for us to SHARE.
While you will have 50/50 of the total fund. Note there is practically
no risk involved, it will be bank to bank transfer or through ATM
CARD. All I need from you is to stand as the original depositor of
this fund who made the deposit with our branch so that my Head office
can order the transfer to your designated bank account. If you accept
this offer to work with me, I will appreciate it very much. As soon as
I receive your response, I will give you more details on how we can
achieve it successfully once you contact me strictly through my
personal email address: (email@example.com).
Dr Hassan Omar