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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "huge deposit" (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)
- "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.)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mudia Benson" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 07:08:26 -0600
Subject: URGENT INFORMATION
I am Barrister Mudia Benson(.Solicitor and Advocate at Law.I am the personal Lawyer to Late Engr.(Thomas),A citizen of your Country,Working in an oil servicing company In NIGERIA. Referred to as my client On April 21, 2006 client,his life, and their three children were involved in a car accident along Sagamu express way. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name over the Internet. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my late client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Bank where this huge deposits were lodged, particularly the FINBANK NIGERIA PLC. Where the deceased had an account Valued at about(US$16.4 million dollars) has Issued me a notice to provide the Next of Kin. Or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 4 years now,Due to your from the same Country.I decide to seek your consent to Present you as the Next Of Kin,of the deceased,So that this account valued at (US$16.4 million dollars) can be paid to you and then You and Me Can share the money.50% to Me and 45% to You while 5% for any expenses. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and Me,from any breach of the law.So what i will require from you is to send me these details below:
5.Country Of Residence:
6.Telephone Number :
With these details i will now file an application to the bank as next of kin to my late client,So Your immediate response On This details will be highly appreciated immediately as we cannot afford delays.
Barrister Mudia Benson(Esq).
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