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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 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.
- +22996357564 (Benin, probably a prepaid mobile phone)
Fraud email example:
From: Ahmarin Celdris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 03:11:29 +0200
Subject: Re:From Ahmarin Celdirs Tel:00229 963 57564
From: Mr Ahmarin Celdirs
Direct Tele :+229 963 57564
Private Email ; email@example.com
My name is Ahmarin Celdirs, trained and working as an external auditor for
the Union fund securities Benin I had taken pains to find your contact
through personal endeavours. In this circumstance, I write to let you know
that there was a client whose name is same with yours , died here in
Benin, leaving behind an estate/capital (â¬7.3 Million euros with
interest) here and in another security firm in Europe till date, but
nobody has come forward or put application for the claim.I can confirm with
certainty that the said Investor died without detailing any next-of-kin to
his estate .In pursuaint of the above plan, I choose you in this
transaction specially because you bear the same NAME with the said
Investor.However, if you are CAPABLE of handling this transaction as
detailed above , you are advised to email the following information as
stated below so that we can immediately commence on the process on how the
funds will be release
to you as the Next of Kin.
(1) YOUR FULL NAME
(2) YOUR LAST NAME:.
(3) CONTACT ADDRESS:
(4) DATE OF BIRTH:
(5) TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER:
(6) YOUR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Thanks for your anticipated co-operation and I urgently wait to hearing
from you.Please Kindly Reply me on private email ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Ahmarin Celdirs Tel:00229 963 57564