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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Song Chen" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 12:47:22 -0300
Subject: I Need Your Help!!
How is life with you over there?
Kindly accept my apology for sending you this email without your
consent.My name is Mr. Song Chen; I am the Head of Operations at Dah Sing
Bank, Hong Kong. My business proposal for you is to assist me transfer
US$12.8 million from my bank in Hong Kong to a foreign bank if willing.
After the successful transfer,our sharing ratio will be 40% for you and
60% for me.
This money was deposited by my client Mr. Yoshi Yuu, who lost his life
along with his family in the massive Earthquake and Tsunami disaster that
destroyed avast area of Japan on the date 11th March 2011. According to
the law in my Country, after nine months the Hong Kong Government would
come for the funds if nobody applies to claim the money. Should you be
interested, please respond immediately to my private
email:(email@example.com) with the following information for
documentation purpose by the attorney:
Your Complete Name:
Current Residential Address:
Your Age and Sex:
I look forward to hearing from you.
Mr. Song Chen
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