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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:
- "million us 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "David" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 21:13:42 -0800
This is a Management Placement on behalf of The Mubarak family. My name is Mr. David Wei and I am a top management executive here at the Bank of China, United Kingdom. Our bank website is www.boc.cn
My friend's dad Mr. Hosni Mubarak has presented a subtle offer which will need the help of a partner to help manage a section amount of his family asset successfully. Mr. Hosni Mubarak is in a difficult situation and he must immediately relocate certain sums of money out of Bank of China in Beijing, China.
More so, this must be done in such a way that it must not be tied to Mr. Mubarak. The sum is currently under a company name and could be transferred in the name of an existing legal entity. Your role will be to:
. Act as the original beneficiary of the funds through contract awardment.
. Receive the funds into a business/private bank account.
. Invest and Manage the funds outside of Egypt.
. Value of funds: $45 Million US Dollars.
Everything will be done legally to ensure the rights to the funds are transferred to you. If you agree to partner with the Mubarak family, he will compensate you with 20% of the total sum for your role as the beneficiary partner to the funds. Should you prefer I re-contact you
with more express facts, you can send me your: details and contact information
Be advised to visit the following links to be better acquainted with
Mr. Hosni Mubarak's current profile and personality.
Note: I am an in-law to Gamal Mubarak and was told to look for individuals willing to help him manage his own family inheritance.
You can email me at email@example.com for further details and my contact number, for terms and agreement. I will definitely place you a call if I could get response and interest.