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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 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.
- +447024060566 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "John Wild" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 16:11:16 -0700
I know this means of communication may not be morally right to you as a person but I have had a great thought about it and I have come to this conclusion which I am about to share with you, I got your email through my desperate search for someone that has the same last name with the deceased client of the SNS BANK NETHERLANDS.
I am the former credit manager of SNS BANK NETHERLANDS and in one way or the other was hoping you will cooperate with me in this endeavor I am about to undertake.
I stumbled upon the account of a deceased client of this bank and I figured out that since you share a common last name with him I believe you can stand as the next of kin to receive the funds.
Now my proposal to you is that I want you to cooperate with me in seeing that these funds of deceased client does not go down the drain. HOW? Let me explain.
At the end of a five year depository mandate of any bonded depository account, if such an account is not claimed or renewed to commence another tenure of 5 additional years, a 6 months period of grace is granted to the account holder or its designated beneficiary, a probate order of Mandamus is then issued to provide such a beneficiary whereby failure to do so at the end of its expiration the funds will be quarantined and shared amongst the directors of the bank at the end of that fiscal year.
This is about to happen to the said funds of the deceased client and the amount involved is 7.8 Million EUROS, this I feel may not be to upright from both my end and also the end of the directors of the bank but I think it would rather be more beneficial to you and I who at the end of the day will use the funds to affect the lives of other people as well as close family members and well wishers.
Now what I intend for you to do is to re-confirm to me with all your basic details such as:
HOME MAILING ADDRESS............................................
This information will be used by an attorney to facilitate all the relevant change of ownership documents apart from the basic documents which I have in my possession, as all copies of such documents will be provided to you as well for the records.
Once this has been actualized the attorney will present the claims documents to the appropriate quarters in the bank and once they have all necessary details you will be contacted by the bank within 48hrs.
I want you to please look at this opportunity as a good cause and please remove every form of guilt from your mind because at the end of the day it's either the bank officials who get the funds or we, one way or another someone gets to gain, I also want you to know that the whole process is 100% safe and you are guaranteed of your safety.
Take note if you are willing to assist in this transaction you will have 50% as your share of the funds.
I await your response so that we can commence this project as soon as possible.
SNS Bank Liaison Office
United Kingdom Office.