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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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: "Prof.Dr. Joel Mack Hollis" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 20:28:13 +0200
Subject: From Prof. Dr. Hollis Joel Mack
From Prof. Dr. Hollis Joel Mack.
Greetings to you and your family in the name of god, in my search for
and God fearing person and having gotten your contact through prayers
taking efforts via searching i made on the internet on my bed side. I want you
to use this fund to build schools and hospitals for the poor.
Presently, I'm in
a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for Oesophagi Cancer.
Though its a sad and long story but I will cut it short for your quick
understanding. I am Prof. Joel Mack Hollis. Widower to Late Dr. Mrs. Kate
Hollis, former Defense attaché to Greece Embassy in Italy. My wife was
alongside our only son Elvis Hollis by those who are envious of his
the same office19 years ago. It was a painful thing to remember because I have
nothing left in this world.
Before we proceed, I will like to give you a brief introduction about
am Prof. Dr. Joel Mack Hollis, Professor of Middle East Policy and a full
citizen of United State of America. From 1965 to 1970 I was Head of the Middle
East Programme at Chatham House, having spent five years in a similar post at
the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies and during the 1970s I
was a lecturer in Political Science and International Politics at George
Washington University in Washington, DC, where I gained my PhD in Political
Science, focusing on Britain and the Middle East. I also hold a BA in History
and an MA in War Studies from the University of London, King's College in
1970s.I was engage in a Govt work as an Adviser in USA in 1972 -1976.
In 1978 I
own a Gas & Oil Company in London. HAKEC SUBSEA OIL & GAS COMPANY in
Europe(North). It is an oil and gas exploration and production (H&K)
has been close down for 10 years now since the wicked sickness
threatens to take
my life away.
Furthermore, since my family left me, my whole life was turned
around before I
started suffering from this wicked sickness. Have devoted myself to
and waiting for the end of the world. Now all hope is gone and the
I have a little time to spend in this world. I want to use my wealth
to help the
trodden, orphanages and the less privileged in the society. Having known my
condition I decided to donate this fund to an individual or better still a god
fearing person who will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here
in. I want an individual that will use this fund and provide succor to
indigent persons, orphanages, and widows and for the propagating peace and I
believe that you are in the position to undertake this task with faith.
I have a total sum of (GBP 18Million) Great British Pounds deposited with
Tri-County National Bank, London United Kingdom .I took this decision
do not have any child that will inherit this money and my wives relatives are
not inclined to helping poor persons and I do not want my hard earned money to
be misused or spent in the manner in which I did not specify. I do not want a
situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner.
What is required of you is your honesty, trust and sincerity to carry out this
work of faith.
Once I hear from you, I will give you the contact of my bank in London
my last WILL in your name to issue to my Lawyer to notarize it and send to my
bank for immediate release of the fund.
I attached my Pictures in this email and please be informed that the
in this email is confidential and may be legally privileged. Access to this
email by anyone else is unauthorized. It is intended solely for the
you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying,
distribution or any
action taken or omitted to be taken in reliance on it, is prohibited and maybe
Please contact me and reply to me through my Private Alternative email:
I wait for your good response.
Thanks and regards.
Prof.Dr. Joel Mack Hollis.