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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)
- "the consignment" (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 state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "chambers" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Barrister George G. Garrigues" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:15:21 +0100
Subject: Good Day
GEORGE G.G CHAMBERS
TEL:+34 632 199 933
FAX:+34 917 692 869
E-MAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org
my name is barrister George Gordillo Garrigues, and i work with GEORGE G.G ASOCIADOS spain.actually i got your contact through the internet public records while searching for a similar name to my late client a business magnate who lived in spain for over a decade prior to his death , he died along with his nuclear family at the Tsunami catastrophe which occured in December 2004.
Prior to my explaining further, i must first make an apology for this unsolicited mail to you.I am conscious that this is certainly not a predictable way to approach to foster relationship of trust but because of the circumstances and urgency surrounding this claim.Before the catastrophe he deposited one truck box/diplomatic personal treasure,containing the sum of 10.8M(TEN MILLION,EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) with a safe security company here in spain, because of security and personal reasons he did not disclose the exact content of deposited diplomatic box to the SAFE HOUSE, as the attorney to my late client , the security company has mandated me to present a member of his family(heir/inheritor) to make claims or the vault will be confiscated and taken to the Bureau of Diplomatic security as unclaimed.
After exhaustive efforts to search for a direct family member to my late client which came to no avail.I was given an ultimatum to look for some relative to come for the claim or have the vault liquidated and made unserviceable in accordance with existing laws.Against this backdrop,my suggestion to you is that i will like you to stand as the next of kin to my late client.I know you may not in any way related to my late client but having a common surname with him and the modality i have in place i can guarantee you that if you follow my instructions(the rules of law)and capitalizing of some judicial loop holes the vault will be release to us.
Mind you that this transaction is 100% risk free,there is no atom of risk connected to this business as i have worked out all modalities to complete this operation effectively.Once the consignment(vault)is releaseto you ,we shall divide the content in the ratio of 50% for you,50% for me as our benefit(5.4MILLION EACH)
kindly indicate your response to this mail, you can also call or send fax. please be kind to get back to me if you are not willing to collaborate with me so that i can further my search for another partner.
If you are willing i will send you all the informations you need towards this transcation.
Barrister George Gordillo Garrigues
Telephone :+34 632 199 933