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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:
- "discussion of this transaction in further details" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- 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: Dr Morrison Hillman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 17:18:48 +0000
Subject: RE: TRANSFER OF US$15 MILLION TO YOUR ACCOUNT
From: Dr. Sir. Morrison Hillman.
UBS Fund Manager
RE: TRANSFER OF US$15 MILLION TO YOUR ACCOUNT.
I am Dr. Sir. Morrison Hillman , Funds Manager of UBS WEALTH MANAGEMENT, Zurich, Switzerland. The World Largest Funds Management Company with over $3.2 Trillion Capital Investment Funds. Nevertheless, as UBS Funds Manager, I handle all our Investor's Direct Capital Funds and secretly extracted 1.2% Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per annum on each of the Investor's Magellan Capital Funds.
As an expert, I have made over US$15 Million from the Investor's EMRCP and hereby looking for someone to trust who will stand as an Investor to receive the US$15 Million in his/her account as Annual Investment Proceeds from UBS Magellan Capital Funds. The fund will be transferred to your account under the backup cover of repatriation and investment scheme. All confirmable documents to back up the claims will be made available to you prior to your acceptance. Meanwhile, I have worked out the strategies and technicalities whereby the funds can be claimed in any of our 6 Clearing Houses without any hitches.
Our sharing ratio will be 55% for me and 40% for you while 5% will be for expenses processing and transfer expenses.
Should in case you are interested. Please email me back on this mail address: email@example.com
provide me with your phone number for discussion of this transaction in further details.
Dr. Sir. Morrison Hillman.