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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:
- "please indicate your interest" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "chambers" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: qadar abdul <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 21:54:33 +0800
Subject: Good Day
How are life and family? I hope your doing great in the service of God (Allah).
It is necessary I identify myself and the obvious reasons Im writing to you. Im Barrister Qadar Abdul of the AbduQadar Chambers, a legal practitioner in Malaysia with many years of practice. I was an attorney to a deceased client of mine who died in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia of a heart related condition in 2003. Within the wide time period of his exit I, have tried all possible ways to locate his next of kin but to no avail. Secondly, Im now compiled to seek a possible solution as a result of rarely compromising finance house who are bent to clear all long outstanding bonds.
Based on the above typical factors, Im using the privilege to seek if you can be of good help to secure the funds left behind by my client before it will be confiscated or declared unserviceable by the BANK where this fund valued at 12.6million dollars is deposited. Since you do have the same surname with my late client, I would want to present you as the legitimate beneficiary with all legal documents required backing the claims. I had mentally drawn a wide scenario on personality and capability before I summon courage to reach you, and hope for confidentiality.
Your personality highly respected Sir, I am asking for your consent to present you to the Financial Home as the next-of-kin and beneficiary of my late client, since you have the same last name, while the proceeds of this account can be paid to you. Thereafter, we can share the amount on a mutually agreed-upon percentage. I do have a good standing in Malaysia, it is my assurance that this transaction will be successful and that I will make sure that the transaction is done within the applicable laws to guarantee full legitimacy.
All legal documents to back up your claim as my client's next-of-kin will be provided by me. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. This will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. However, if this business proposition offends your moral values, do accept my apology.
Please indicate your interest by reaching me back as quick as possible to beat the time- frame given to us. Do understand that these transactions do require utmost confidence and you should keep this mail to yourself not withstanding if you are rejecting the transaction or accepting it.
Note that I reserve the right to reject your acceptance of this proposal if I have reasons to believe that you may not be honest or discreet as it concerns this proposal. Further details will be giving as soon as your interest is indicated.
Qadar Abdul Esq.
Legal practitioner & Solicitor,