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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:
- "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)
- "foreign exchange" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- "chief auditor" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- 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: Martha Marshall <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2023 13:22:42 -0700
Subject: Confidentiality & Honesty Notice.
CONFIDENTIALITY AND HONESTY NOTICE
FROM: Mr. Nardhamuni Ganas
Chief Auditor Ned Bank
JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA
TEL: +27 73 648 9911
My name is Mr. Nardhamuni Ganas, the Chief Auditor of Ned Bank of South
Africa (Ned Bank). It has come to my notice that there is an existing bank
account that has been un-operational since its activation in 2005, nobody
has operated on this account nor has there been any transactional activity.
through some old files in the records, I discovered that if I do not remit
this money out urgently it would be forfeited.
The owner of this account is Mr. Clifford M. Thompson, a foreigner and a
Miner at Kruger Gold Company. A Geologist by profession died in 2020 No one
knows about this account or anything concerning it, the account has no
other beneficiary and the investigation proves to me as well that his
company does not know anything about this account and the amount in the
account at the moment is (USD$55MILLION (FIFTY-FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES
As the money is in United States Dollars I need a foreign partner/account
to transfer the money overseas thus I am contacting you. Please kindly
indicate and if so contact me at the above Email address & Phone numbers to
enable me to inform you of the next step to take. There is no risk at all
as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done
by the attorney and my position guarantees the successful execution of this
transaction. I need your full cooperation to make this transaction work
because the management is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner
who has the correct information on this account, which I will give you if
you indicate your interest.
I hope you will be able to handle such an amount with strict confidence
because this opportunity will never come again in my life. I need a
truthful person in this business relationship because I donât want to make
and I need your strong assurance and confidentiality. With my position now
in the office, I can transfer this money to any reliable foreign account,
with the assurance that this money will be intact pending my physical
arrival in your country for sharing.
All documents regarding this transaction will be destroyed once I receive
confirmation of the Money in your account thus leaving no trace to
anything. I will apply for annual leave to get a visa immediately on
confirmation to receive this fund into your designated account with
appropriate clearance forms from the Ministries and Foreign Exchange
At the conclusion of this business you will be given 40% of the total
amount, 55% will be for me, while 5% will be for expenses that we might
incur during the course of this transaction.
Finally, please if you are interested in this transaction, all I want you
to do is to send me your Private Mobile Phone Number for Easy
Communication, and Your Residential Home Address, Your ID Copy
International Passport or Your Driverâs License, Your Occupation all these
will use to start the process.
Please kindly email or call me on the above private phone numbers for
security reasons. I'm looking forward to receiving your immediate reply by
phone or email as soon as you receive this letter.
Mr. Nardhamuni Ganas
(Chief Auditor Ned Bank)