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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "PAUL KIN"<firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 04:59:38 +0800
Subject: BUSINESS IN CHINA
Welcome to the China Stock Exchange
I work with the investor's centre of the China Stock Exchange Group Plc. We have, for some years now, been dealing with some unclaimed shares running to the tune of Eighteen million Six hunred thousand USA dollars($18.6m) and recently my boss secretly decided to sell it off with the intention that the two of us will make use of the fund for investment outside the stock house.
And, an American investor has paid for the unclaimed shares in Dollars and the cash has been received and saved in a safekeeping security vault as family precious box for onward movement outside the Country ,but unfortunately, my boss passed away two months ago and the family has read his last testament (WILL) without mentioning anything about this cash left in the Vault.
So at this point, i am the only person that knows this deal and where this money is. But, since i cannot do it alone. I contacted my boss wife and told her all that transpired while her husband was alive and i am the only trusted partner who knows about this money. Because of this, she has given me the go ahead to make sure i get a trusted person overseas who will receive this fund and share it with us.So that, her family will make use of their own share of the money to complete her husband's intention.
The total amount in Dollars is US$18,6m and this amount is still available in the safekeeping Security Vault. Show your interest ASAP by sending your full contact details (full name, home address, cell phone) via my private email: email@example.com while, a legal practitioner will use this details to get a legal permit for you to receive this box outside this Country for our sharing. You will be given 35% of the total sum, while 10% of the total sum is mapped out for expenses.
Your co-operation is highly expected to help this widow and her children.