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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: "Chao Wang" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:49:39 -0700
I am Chao Wang, director of Audit & records of my bank ( AmBank Kuala Lumpur Malaysia) and account manager of (Mobile Petroleum company Sdn. Bhd), one of the largest oil companies in my country. Nevertheless as a banker, I handle the company investment and insurance welfare scheme which make returns of over $2.2bn capital profits (EMRCP) annually for the company on capital fund. As an expert, I have made and secured over ($11.5m) Eleven Million Five Hundred United States dollars from the company's EMRCP and I`m hereby looking for someone to trust who will stand as an investor to help me invest the money in a good profitable business in your country.
I am looking forward to your urgently reply because I dont want my bank and the company to have any ideal of this fund meanwhile, I have worked out all strategies and technicalities so that the fund can be claimed easily from my bank.
You will get 40% of the total money at the end of the transaction while I will take 60%, please kindly note that we have to finish this as soon as possible so as to enable us plan ahead for investment. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under all legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. In your reply email, I would like you to give me your full names, address, date of birth, Occupation, telephone and fax numbers. If you can handle this with me, reach me now for more details.
Thanking you for your anticipated cooperation.