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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: Diani Kabori <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 01:21:29 -0800 (PST)
Subject: HELLO MY FRIEND
For your kind attention
Could you please consider helping me to relocate this sum of Ten Million five hundred thousand dollars (us$10.5m) to your Country for establishing an industry in your country.
This fund was deposited in our bank by Mr. Paul Louis Halley from France who died in a plane crash in 2003 TBM 700 aircraft on 6 December with his wife and the whole crew on board.
Without a (heir) hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing and the big guns at the herms of administration at the bank will share this fund amongst themselves as it has been done if no trace of heir to such fund is found.
We have tried to contact his family to come forward for claims but could not succeed.
Click here (http://newswww.bbc.net.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/oxfordshire/4537663.stm
I will give you all vital information concerning the France citizen and the $10.5m in our custody so that you will contact my bank for them to release the money to you as the next of kin to the deceased person.
You will have to establish contact with the bank while i will guide you on the steps to follow till the transfer of this fund reaches to you and your account.
As one of the bank directors, I will play a role to make sure that the fund is released to you.
This is a legitimate transaction and you will be compensated with 40% for your assistance for presenting yourself as the next of kin and account to receive this fund in your country. If you are interested please write back for more clarifications.
I will know that actually you are ready to be my partner and then I will have to send to you a draft application form which you are to fill and apply for the release of the fund to your account in your desired country.
Mrs Diani Kabori.