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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Barrister David Smith" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2010 06:28:35 -0700
Subject: From: David Smith & Associates Law Firm Manchester-U.K
David Smith & Associates Law Firm
Manchester United Kingdomcom
This is a Management Placement on behalf Mrs. Chung Hee- Ja, wife of Mr. Kim
Woo Choong the founder and former chairman of the Daewoo Motors Group in
South Korea who vocationally live here in Manchester and have been my client
for the past nine years.
I am Barr. David Smith, Legal advocate/Solicitor and owner of David Smith &
Associates Law Firm located in Manchester UK . We officially consult for
NGO's and companies on legal/allied issues, Family Law; Intellectual
Property; Real Estate; Wills, Trusts and Tax. I have a legitimate contract
job offer for you, I want to know if you have the ability, workforce and
strength to help my client invest in the following sectors; real estate,
hotel management/tourism, stock management and commercial agriculture in
your country and get rewarded financially without affecting your convenience
Upon her instruction, I am consulting on business grounds as she seeks for a
reputable real estate firm, foreign partner or an individual that can assist
with scouting of a well sited landed estate she can invest into outside
Manchester and UK or other lucrative sectors that can yield her good returns
from her investment.
Most importantly, you will be required to inspect, monitor and close up
transactions on our behalf because my phobia for flight will not grant me
the privilege to travel down to your country or outside Manchester for
inspection but for transfer of paper work or pictures of the property, can
be exchanged through email attachment of preferably fax so if you have any
worthy property within your disposal or can help scout for any available
valued landed property or estate preferably in your country Chung Hee- Ja
Kim Choong is willing to reward you with 10% of the value of what ever you
are able to wrap up as agent commission and for your partnership role as I
have made it clear to her understanding that I was contacting you for this
Well I believe this is once in a life time opportunity for us to carve out
an edge in exploring the vitals of your country real estate market and other
lucrative sectors and your profession as it is your field or even outside
your field once the venture is economic oriented, as my client is ready with
down finances to invest, although she has declared the amount and value she
wants to invest, but I for security reasons cannot disclose or make it known
to you until I know your faith and have a proof of your ability to handle a
transaction of such magnitude so you can kindly send me your work experience
profile or any paper work that can justify the authenticity of your CV. If
you prefer to be re-contacted for more express information, write Back
promptly attaching your contact telephone numbers, I look forward to it. I
expect your correspondence as my response with more information on this
profiting offer will be swift.
You can contact me on my Direct email:email@example.com
Barr. David Smith