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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:
- "barrister" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "LIM CHONG CHUAN" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:43:40 -0600
Subject: Await Your Response!!!
LIM CHONG CHUAN & ASSOCIATES SDN BHD
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
My name is Barrister Lim Chong Chuan a legal practitioner in Lim Chong
Chuan & Associates Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A deceased client of mine who have a same surname with you,herein after
shall be referred to as my client, died together with his family on
December 26 -2004 as a result of Tsunami Disaster .
I contact you because you have the same surname with my deceased client
and i felt that you could help me in the distribution of fund that were
left in my deceased client bank account. This fund will declared
unserviceable by the bank as there were no indicated next of kin or
beneficiary of the fund.
The total amount is US$3.7 Million ( Three Million Seven Hundred Thousand
United States Dollar ) only.The bank had issued to me a notification to
contact the next of kin of my deceased client or account will be
My proposition to you is to seek your consent and present your kind self
as the next-of-kin or beneficiary of my deceased client, since you have
the same last name with him.The total fund will transfer to you as his
next of kin or the legitimate beneficiary. We would share the percentage
on a mutually agreed-upon 60% for me and 40% to your kind self.
All the legal documents to back up the claim as my client's next-of-kin
would be provided by me. This will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that would protect you from any breach of the law.
If this business proposition offends your moral and ethic values, do
accept my sincere apology. I must use this opportunity to implore you to
exercise the utmost indulgence to keep this matter extraordinary
confidential, whatever your decision, while I await your prompt response.
Please contact me if your interested by replying the mail or ignore it if
you are not.
Barrister Lim Chong