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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 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.
- email@example.com (Hotmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "(MR.CHRISTIAN VON GLASOW) - PRESIDENT BATON Inc, USA" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "(MR.CHRISTIAN VON GLASOW) - PRESIDENT BATON Inc, USA" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 6:59:50 +0800
Subject: Re: GOOD MORNING
My name is Christian Von Glasow, I am an American; I am the Founder/President BATON Communications, Inc.Also, I am on the BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTH AMERICAN FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, Inc USA which is a BANK HOLDING COMPANY with subsidiary banks in the United States and other parts of the world.Please see the link below for my online profile
I have the opportunity of transferring a substantial amount of money to you. The money was deposited in one of our subsidiary banks a few years back by a contractor who is now deceased and fortunately you have the same SURNAME with the depositor. Considering the fact that the depositor has no traceable relative who will eventually apply for the claim, I decided to contact you so that you can apply for claim "WITH MY ASSISTANCE" and take custody of the funds for our mutual benefit. I will not mention the amount of money which runs into millions of Dollars and name of bank presently until we have agreed to deal. I trust you will understand the need for such precautions.
Please note; in 2001, I succeeded in claiming $12million with the help of an American Named Ms Sharon Sattler, but by the time I went to receive my share of the money from her 2 days after the money was released into her account, she had changed her home address and moved out of CALIFORNIA to another state and till date, I am still searching for her. But because it was a deal and confidential matter, I could not seek legal action against her or even inform the authorities. So to ensure that I do not make the same MISTAKE I made in 2001, I will have to meet with you physically for discussion before we can proceed with the deal.
I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT MY PROPOSAL IS NOT A HOAX, AS I AM READY TO PROVE MY IDENTITY TO YOU AND THE REALITY OF THE DEAL WITH VERIFIABLE DOCUMENTS.I AM SURE OF SUCCESS IN THIS DEAL BECAUSE I HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE.
For more details, here is my direct contact ID's (1) WORK EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org (2) PRIVATE EMAIL: email@example.com (3) firstname.lastname@example.org Thanking you in anticipation as I wait to receive your response.
Christian Von Glasow
Inventor / FounderGOMIRROR, LLC6665 Darling LaneSan Bernardino, CA 92407ID: christian.von.glasowEmail: email@example.comURL: www.baton-inc.comEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgURL: www.gomirror.com
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