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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand 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)
- "confidentiality of this transaction" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "my direct line" (a "direct line" in a scam usually means an untraceable mobile phone number used by a scammer in an internet cafe, a redirection service number that forwards to a mobile or a free voicemailbox in a different country.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Elizabeth Peters <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2023 10:39:01 +0200
Subject: From Mrs. Elizabeth Dipuo Peters
From Mrs. Elizabeth Dipuo Peters
Former Minister of Transport
Firstly, let me start by introducing myself as Mrs. Elizabeth Dipuo Peters,
a mother of two children and the former Minister of transport in South
Africa. I was also the Premier of the Northern Cape Province from (22 April
2004 - 10 May 2009)
I got your contact details courtesy of our foreign information exchange in
South Africa on a personal request in search of a reliable and trustworthy
foreign individual. Though we have not met before, After due deliberation
with my children, I decided to contact you for your assistance in standing
as a beneficiary to the sum of US$30.5M ( Thirty Million, Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) You can view my profile on Google Elizabeth
Dipuo Peters. My late husband Mr. John N. Peters died during Apartheid
Crises in South Africa in 1986,After his death I discovered that he had
some funds in a dollar account which amounted to the sum of US$30.5M with a
security and finance institution here in South Africa of which I will
divulge the information to you when I get your full consent and support to
go ahead for a change of beneficiary and subsequent transfer of the funds
into your comfortable and conducive account of your choice for investment.
My late husband kept this fund for a purpose of foreign investment for my
This fund emanated as a result of an over-invoiced contract which he
executed with the Government of South Africa.
I am offering you 20% of the principal sum which amounts to US$6,100.000.00
(Six Million One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) and 5% will
be for any expenses that both of us may Incur during this transaction. And
another 5%will go to Motherless babiesâ homes and the rest will go to me
and my family. However, you have to assure me and also be ready to go into
agreement with me that you will not elope with my money when it gets to
your account. If you agree to my terms, kindly as a matter of urgency send
me an email on: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can contact me on my direct line+27-73-877-0517, so that we can talk
more about the transfer, Please I do not need to remind you of the need for
absolute Confidentiality of this transaction.
My regards to your family
Mrs. Elizabeth Dipuo Peters