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They will keep asking for more money as long as you are willing to part with it.
You will never be sent the money that was promised.
The scammer will tell you an elaborate story about large amounts of their money trapped in banks during events such as civil wars or coups, often in countries currently in the news.
Or they may tell you about a large inheritance that is 'difficult to access' because of government restrictions or taxes in their country.
The '419' part of the name comes from the section of Nigeria’s Criminal Code which outlaws the practice. Scammers may ask for your bank account details to 'help them transfer the money' and use this information to later steal your funds.
Or they may ask you to pay fees, charges or taxes to 'help release or transfer the money out of the country' through your bank.
We also provide guidance on protecting yourself from scams and where to get help.
These scams are often known as 'Nigerian 419' scams because the first wave of them came from Nigeria.
If you think you have provided your account details, passport, tax file number, licence, Medicare or other personal identification details to a scammer, contact your bank, financial institution, or other relevant agencies immediately.
We encourage you to report scams to the ACCC via the report a scam page.
Here are some helpful tips: Be on the lookout for grammatical errors, many of these scammers are overseas.
Look of inconsistencies, like pictures not matching the person's age and of course the big one, any attempt to get money -- or anything else.