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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Kee Chong" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2010 16:55:13 +0800
Subject: YOUR KIND ATTENTION
Before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you that this letter is directly from me and I urge you to treat it serious. I would have given you a call, but rather I decided to contact you via an email to get us acquainted since it is a safer way of private communication.
I am Mr. Kee Chong a personal account adviser/officer to a great late industrialist who has an account in one of the top banks. During the course of his bank's last week auditing, it was discovered that since his death no one has come forward to lay claims to his funds. So the bank issued me a memo to provide his next of kin or forfeit the funds. It has been nine years now, since he died in the year 2001 and nobody has operated on his account. After going through some old files in my records, I discovered that my late client died without a [Heir/WILL], hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing as the bank was sold on Monday, 19 September 2010 to another bank. Currently, the present management of the bank is at the point of finalizing all transactions before fully handling over to the new management, which is an advantage to perfect this transaction. These funds will be released to any foreigner with the accurate
information of the account, whic
As a matter of fact, I have decided to transfer this money into a safe foreigner's account abroad for investment but I don't know any foreigner, hence I am contacting you as a foreigner because the management of the bank will welcome any foreigner who has correct information to this account which I will give you immediately, if you are interested to do this business with me. I am revealing this to you with believe in God that you will never let me down in this business.
Before I will disclose the said amount to you, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction. This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential. I am sure and have confidence of your ability and reliability to prosecute a transaction of this great magnitude. I solicit your assistance to enable us transfer the said amount into your safe account for onward investment. You can either provide us with an existing account or to set up a new bank account immediately to receive this money, even an empty bank account can serve to receive this money, as long as you will remain honest to me till the end for this important business trusting in you and believing that you will never let me down either now or in future.
As soon as I hear from you, and upon your strong assurance that you will not let me down once the fund goes into your account I will then start to process the transfer of the fund to your account without further delay.
If interested contact me urgently for further details.
Mr. Kee Chong