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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.
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- 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 (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- 137 market street, singapore 048943 reply to e-mail: email@example.com special information!! (your inheritance). a customer of (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Bank of East Asia Ltd." (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2010 00:19:47 -0700
Subject: Special information!! (YOUR inheritance CLAIMS).
Bank of East Asia Ltd.
The Bank of East Asia Building
137 Market Street, Singapore 048943
Reply to E-mail: email@example.com
Special information!! (YOUR inheritance).
A customer of ours who may relate to you (perhaps) in Singapore died four / five years ago in the tsunami tragedy in Indonesia leaving behind an estate / capital (U.S. $ 38.9M with interest) in a bank here where I work as an external auditors, till date nobody has come forward or put application for the claim. Please log on to this websites for more information about the Tsunami tragedy.
During the bank private search recently for the late gentle man relatives your name and email contact was among the findings that matches the SAME surname as the deceased (name WITHHELD for security reason) who died intestate with no Will or Next of Kin. To maintain the level of security required I have intentionally left out the final details.
I urge you to come forward since I can provide you with the details needed for you to claim the estate / capital so that we can be gratify by you, in this way USD $ 11.670,000.00 for you and USD $ 23.340,000.00 for us and the remaining $ 3.890,000.00 for miscellaneous expenses incurred during the cost of this project though my colleagues and I will do all the Crucial part in the bank to have the inheritance claim release to you promptly.
However, to affirm your willingness and cooperation please do so by replying me at my private email (firstname.lastname@example.org) Or (email@example.com) my email address above with the following listed below;
a.) YOUR FULL NAME:
b.) HOME ADDRESS:
c.) DATE OF BIRTH:
d.) Occupation / POSITION HELD:
e.) TELEPHONE & FAX NUMBER:
g.) PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS:
h.) Marital status, SEX & AGE:
I do expect your prompt response.