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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "please indicate your interest" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "high court" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- 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.
- +447031999613 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: Harry Gow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 22:37:30 +0800
Subject: For your attention only,
For your attention only,
I understand that through
Internet is not the best way to link up with you because of the
confidentiality which my proposal demands.
However, I have already
sent you this same letter one month ago, but I am not sure if it did get to
you since I have not heard from you, hence i am constrain to reach you
through the Internet which has been abused over the years.
I wish to
notify you again that You were listed as a Heir to the total sum of (Six
Million Three Hundred Thousand British Pounds) in the codicil and last
testament of the deceased.(Name now withheld since this is our second letter
to you). I contacted you because you bear the surname identity and therefore
can present you as the Heir to the inheritance funds.
reckoned that you could receive these funds as you are qualified by your
name identity. All the legal papers will be processed in your acceptance. In
your acceptance of this deal, we request that you kindly forward to us your
letter of acceptance; your current telephone and fax numbers and a
forwarding address to enable us file necessary documents at our high court
probate division for the release of this sum of money.
indicate your interest immediately for us to proceed. I shall feed you with
full details of this transaction upon receipt of your reply towards this
I look forward to hearing from you.
Mr. Harry Gow (Barrister)
Tel: +447 0319
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