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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million us 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)
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: Majid Asadi <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 14:37:10 +0530 (IST)
Subject: With DueRespect
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I am the bill and exchange manager at FOREIGN REMITTANCE
DEPT,In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of U.S $10.5million US
dollars, TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS in an account
that belonged to one of our foreign customers who died along with his entire
family in a plane crash.
Since we got information about his death, we
have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we
cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or a business
associate to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines and laws, but
unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died
alongside with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this
business proposal to you so that the bank can release the money to you as the
next of kin or a business associate to the deceased for safety and subsequent
disbursement since nobody is coming for it and I don't want this money to go
into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill. Since the bank law and guideline here
stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after Six years the money will
be transferred into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund.
The request of
foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the
customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin.
that 40% of this money will be for you as a foreign partner, in respect to the
provision of a foreign account, 5% will be set aside for expenses incurred
during the business and 55% would be for me and my Family.
There after I
and my Family will visit your country for disbursement according to the
percentages indicated and for some possible investment under your kind
control.Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as
you must apply first to the bank as a business associate or
next of kin of the deceased person. Please i will like this transaction to be
strictly between you and i Upon receipt of your reply, I will start by giving to
you the application which you will fill and send to the bank.
I will not
fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is that you should not
entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the
transfer and given your 100% full assurance and risk free transaction.
Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged, you
must apply first to the bank as a business associate or next of kin of the
I will like you to send me the following dateils
Your Personal Fax
Your Personal Mobile
Get back to me immediately with
those informations i need from you, for me to process the text of application
for you to apply to the bank.
Trusting to hear from you immediately,