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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:
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "chambers" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- +447035913956 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "DAN" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2012 15:31:11 +0100
Subject: Tel: +447035913956
Thank you for reading my mail in respect of my invitation for a
business relationship. It is my hope that this contact will establish
in us a relationship that shall stand the test of time and tides.
This mail is intended to provide you a good knowledge of the business
to elicit your understanding of the core subject before we get
Briefly put, I am entrusting to you a business venture that involves
£6,800,000.00 (Six Million Eight Hundred Thousand Great Britain
Pounds). This is to be processed, released and transferred by Ulster
Bank to an account to be provided by you. Ulster Bank is located in
Belfast in the United Kingdom.
Account required from you could be personal or corporate, new or
existing. It does not matter the account balance in such an account,
as long as it can accommodate the total fund mentioned, it will serve
the purpose and will be acceptable. As much as possible, legal means
would be used to have the fund processed and released by the Ulster
You may ask where the fund emanated from. Just briefly about the
origin. I had a client, wealthy and humane. Her name is Spencer Quaker
Martoson. I was her family lawyer for close to 15years. She and her
only son where among the unfortunate victims of China Northern
Airlines MD-82 that crashed on May 7, 2002 in North East China. Her
husband had died 3years earlier.
Lately, I found myself in a dilemma of what to do with the estate left
behind by the family after I had embarked on a search for any member
of their family without success. The banks in the United Kingdom
normally give a period of grace of 10years within which the estate of
a deceased citizen should be claimed; otherwise it will be forfeited
to the government. I don't want this to happen, hence I am making this
contact to you to be presented as a consultant and guardian to the
family to receive the fund left behind as the beneficiary. This is
permissible in the laws of the United Kingdom on inheritance.
I will put together all the necessary legal papers to back up my claim
in your name, the fund will be released in your name through a bank
account you will provide.
On successful claim of the fund, you would be entitled to 30% of it,
while I will be entitled to 60%. The balance 10% will be used to
settle any expenses incurred in the course of procuring the claim.
There are some officials in the bank that I will work with to ensure
success is achieved in the transaction. They will be entitled to some
tips as well. If you have any advice in this regard, do offer for a
All processing information and application will be prepared in your
name and submitted to the bank, while you'll be updated on progress
All that I need from you right now is your acceptance to work with me
to have this claim successfully received in your name. Once I receive
from you in affirmation of this, all other process will commence
I anticipate conclusion of the whole exercise in a few number of
banking days. Of course receiving from you unflinching understanding
and support both morally and otherwise.
I intend to commence on the processing as soon as I receive from you
the following information;
1. Your full name as you would want me use in the application documents.
2. Your address (could be residential or official)
3. Your telephone number. If you have a fax, do provide me with the
number. These enhance the speed of communication sometimes.
For formal introduction, I am a managing partner to Unity Street
Chambers, located in London, England. I am 50years old, married with 2
kids. I've been in legal practice for over a period of 20years. I love
music and reading. I am a Christian, but not fanatical.
Have a blessed and successful day.