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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:
- "million united states 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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr.Larry Wayne Ellis" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2023 01:43:37 +0200
Good morning here,
I am Dr.Larry Wayne Ellis, Head Director Deeds Trust Capital Bank
USA., I am writing you this letter because a cool penny is better than
millions of dollars. It is better for one to live and die a poor
honest man than a rich dishonest one. I and the chief information
security officer of this bank have arranged with an insider in the
computer strong room to bring out your part payment amounting five
million United States dollars.
We did this because according to information gathered from the bank's
computer room, you have been waiting for a long time to receive your
fund without success. We also found out that you have almost met all
the statutory requirements of the bank for the release of your fund,
your problem is that of interest groups.
A lot of people are interested in your payment and those people are
merely doing paper work with you and that explains why you
receives,emails and phone messages from different people. Also we
found out that officials of various ministries have been extorting a
lot of money from you in the pretext of helping you and we advise you
now to stop and do away with those scammers.
I am willing to help you get your money but please for top security
reasons do not tell anybody until you confirm the payment with you.
Note: we have decided to contact you following the reports we received
from Anti-Fraud International Monitoring Group your name/email has
been submitted to us therefore the United Nations have agreed to pay
you with part payment amounting the sum of($5,000,000.00) this part
payment is also including international business that failed due to
Covid-19 problems etc. We have arranged your part payment through
online banking transfer OR through ATM MasterCard/ Visa Card which is
the latest instruction from the World Bank president Mr.David Malpass.
Please maintain topmost secrecy as it may cause a lot of problems if
found out that we are using this way to help you, do not ever tell
anybody about this until you have your cash with you. I want to help
you because I will soon retire from my government and I want to come
over to your country with my family so that you can assist me when I
relocate to your country with my family.
Thank you and please get back to us as soon as you receive this mail
to enable us to proceed.
Waiting for your immediate response.
Dr.Larry Wayne Ellis
Head Director Deeds Trust Capital Bank USA.
Tel: +1 202 852 7251
Whats App: +1 202 852 7251