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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Jonathan Maxwell" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 23:35:01 -0700
I am Jonathan Maxwell, Head of the Investment Management & Banking, Fairbairn
Private Bank, Jersey, United Kingdom. I am contacting you concerning a deceased
and the investment he placed under our bank management some years ago. Before his
untimely death, he asks that his funds Thirty Nine Million, Nine Hundred Thousand Pounds
Sterling (£39.9 Million) with Fairbairn Private Bank, Jersey, United Kingdom should be move
to a haulage company for a business purpose.
The deceased died a long with his supposed next of kin and ever since then no body
came forward all these years. I, working with you can secure the funds in the haulage
company for us instead of allowing the haulage company revert the funds to Fairbairn
Private Bank, Jersey, United Kingdom as unclaimed funds.
If you are interested, kindly get back to me via email for more details and your percentage