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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 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.
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Earl Spencer" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 16:04:05 +0700
NOTIFICATION OF REQUEST.
I am Earl Spencer,Managing Partner,with Earl Spencer & Associates Law firm, London Branch.Admitted,1974.Education:LL.B 1973 Bristol University Practice Areas: Corporate; Commercial; Oil & Gas,International Trade;Banking,inheritance law,e.t.c
On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the Estate of Late George Brumley,I wish to notify you that late George Brumley made you one of the beneficiaries of his estate.He left the sum of Five Million One Hundred Thousand Dollars (USD$5,100.000.00 )to you.
This may sound strange and unbelievable to you, but it is real and true.
Late Mr.Brumley and all his family were among the victims that died a charter plane crash on Mount Kenya.The flight crashed into the snow-capped,16,355-foot Lenana Peak on Mount Kenya destroying the entire plane= and killing all passengers on board.Late George Brumley died on the month of July 2003 at the age of 68.You can see details of his death in the CNN link below:
He was a widely travelled man and devoted most of his time and wealth to charity and humanitarian work.His great philantropist work is well known and recorded all over the world.He must have been in contact with you in the past or you were nominated to him in his vision to expand his Charity work.
Simply put,he was a very dedicated sufis and Christian who loved to give out.His great philanthropy earned him numerous awards during his life time.
In dedicating this funds to you and other beneficiaries,he instructed that you are to use part of the funds to promote his legacy through activities that aim to help the old, poor,needy and disabled in the society.Late Brumleys\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' legacy is the love of charity.
Please If I reach you as I am hopeful,endeavor to get back to me as soon as possible so we can start processing the release of the funds to you.
You are to reply me immediately providing the following information:
You can reach me on +2348080997438 for more discussion.
1.Your Full names. Robert Pärnamets
2.Valid Contact address. Kvarnvägen 4, 23633 Höllviken, Sweden
3.Contact Telephone and fax numbers. 0046-735051251
4.Age and Occupation. 61 unemployed