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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "JOHN DUKE" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 12:41:16 +0200
Subject: GOOD DAY
My Name John Duke working as manager, Credit and Foreign Bills of EXCESS FINANCE/ SECURITY FIRM.Wisma SESB, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman 88673 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia,Website: https://www.excessgroupmy.com/main
I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of our viable company whose name is Kwak, Sungjae (Mr)Korean citizen who died in a plane crash [Korean Air Flight 801] with the whole passengers onboard on August 6, 1997. And for your perusal you can view this website Ref: http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/9708/06/guam.passenger.list
Since the demise of this customer, I personally have watched with keen interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has come to claim his funds of USD55.5Million (Fifty five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which has been in our custody for a very long time.
On this note, I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the Next of Kin as no one has come up as his next of kin. For your assistance, i am willing to give you 45% of the total amount 5% will be map out for expenses incurred in the course of the transaction,50% will be for me. Upon the receipt of your response, I will send you by fax or e-mail the letter of application which you will type sign and send back to excess finance to enable you start this processing of claiming this fund .
This transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for the smooth and easy transfer of this fund has been finalized, this transaction will be completed within the shortest possible time of receiving your response,
If interested, please contact me via my private email address,( firstname.lastname@example.org)with the following details below.
Your names............. Your country........... Your address.............. Your Age............... Your Fax Number....................
Personal number................ Office number............... Your occupation............... Your marital status...................
Current Status at place of work....................... Sex.......................... Phone number.................
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