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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million pounds" (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)
- "chambers" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- 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.
- +447045736943 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- 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: Martin Rodger <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 16:59:37 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: YOUR GOOD IDEAL IS REQUIRED
Falcon chamber UK
Falcon Court London EC4Y 1AA
Contact Person:Martin Rodger
+44 704 573 6943
Good day! My name is Martin Rodger . I am a solicitor with the Falcon Chambers UK, the personal attorney to Kurt Kahle.Mr Kahle ran a private business school.Mr Kahle died with his family On Monday, 31 July, 2000, 13:22 GMT 14:22 UK with his Family at Air France crash. For your confirmations, you can visit this website for more Info:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm
I have made several inquiries to locate any of my clients extended relatives and which had proved unsuccessful. As a matter of fact, he had a fixed time deposit of £1.7million pounds sterling with a finance house in United Kingdom .
Consequently, the Finance house has issued me a notice to provide my client next of kin or have the fund liquidated within a short time. Based on my unsuccessful search for his relatives for the past years now and for the fact that I have been unsuccessful on my search I therefore seek your consent to present you as the next of kin/inheritor to my deceased client, so that the money will be transferred to your account for us to share. As his personal Attorney I have all the legal documents and all it takes to backup the claims, while the rest could be processed through the court.For more information about me please visit the Chambers Website:http://www.falcon-chambers.co.uk/members/member.cfm?id=165
Please get in touch with me via E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly provide the following information's so we can proceed;
1 FULL NAMES
2 CONTACT ADDRESS
4 DATE OF BIRTH
5 TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS
6.DRIVING LICENSE /INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT.
All I requires your honest cooperation. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement. .I look forward to hear from you.You have to call me on my direct # +44 704 573 6943.
Martin Rodger , QC
+44 704 573 6943