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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:
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "top secret" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Barr. Antonio White" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 07:16:17 -0800
Subject: Business Proposal
Castellon de la Plana 20,
28006, Madrid â Spain.
Tel: +34 632 634 574
Fax: +34 910 612 003
Email: abogadantoniowhite@consultant. com
16th November, 2016.
Firstly, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. Let me start by first introducing myself properly to you. It may surprise you receiving this letter from me, since there was no previous correspondence between us My name is Dr/Barrister antonio white , (Spanish Lawyer and Doctor in Law) a personal Attorney to Late Mr. Michael , an expatriate engineer who has worked with the Mining and Smelting Company (Asturiana de Zinc S.A. Spain).
My purpose of contacting you is for you to help secure a cash deposit left behind by my late client, to avoid it being confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Bank where this cash deposit valued â¬12,700,000.00 (Twelve Million Seven Hundred Thousand Euros Only) this money was deposited by my late client before he passed away, he deid by stoke and cancer on the 16th April 2014, he left the fund with no Will and up till today his relatives remained unknown.
All relevant documents and information as regards to the cash deposit is in my possession as we speak therefore I guarantee the success of this transaction in all legal definitions. As his attorney I have contacted the bank for the claim of the fund and the Bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin or the account will be declared unserviceable and the fund will be retired by the state (Ayuntamiento de Madrid). This type of incident is not new, there are many people who try to evade taxes in their country of origin by depositing their money in a foreign secret accounts but I never knew my late client had one until his accidental death and the eventual disclosure from my contact in the bank. Since this account is secret and there is no one left to claim the fund I am contacting you. I am actually asking for your consent to present you to the Bank as the Next of Kin/beneficiary of my late clientâs fund, since you have the same last name, so that the fund will be released to you as his next of kin. All the legal documents to back up your claim as my clientâs next of Kin are with me. All I require is your honest cooperation and absolute confidentiality in order to guarantee success.
Upon the completion of the transaction I wish to point out that I want 20% of this money to be shared among the charity Organizations,
while the remaining will be shared equally between us. Please be assured that this transaction is entirely risk free as I guarantee the legality
and success of this transaction. For more information please contact me on telephone +34 632 634 574, fax +34917 903 707 or E-mail: abogadantoniowhite@consultant. com
If this business proposal offends your moral ethics, do accept my sincere apology but if on the contrary you wish to achieve this goal with me, please kindly contact me with your interest to enable me start the process of claim immediately.
Awaiting for your immediate response.
Dr/Barr. antonio white.
Attorney at Law