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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:

Fraud email example:

From: jason smith <>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 22:04:10 -0300
Subject: * SPAM * hi

O programa detetor de Spam ZOE, rodando no servidor "eclipse",
identificou este e-mail como um spam. A mensagem original foi atachada
a este e-mail para ser lida, (caso não seja um spam) ou para bloquear
e-mails futuros similares a este. Caso tenha alguma pergunta, veja
seu endereço para contato para detalhes.

Visualização Prévia: -- Hello, My name is Mr.Jason smith, I am the credit manager
in a bank here in the United Kingdom. I am contacting you of a business transfer,
of a huge sum of money from a deceased account. Though I know that a transaction
of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring
you that everything has been taken care off, and all will be well at the
end of the day. I decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction.
PROPOSITION; I am the account officer of a foreigner named Richard Burson
who died in an air crash along with his wife on the 31st October 1999 in
an Egyptian airline 990 with other passengers on board. You can confirm this
from the website below which was published by BBC WORLD NEWS. WEBSITE.
Since his death, none of his next-of-kin are alive to make claims for this
money as his heir, because they all died in the same accident himself and
his wife (May their soul rest in peace). We cannot release the fund from
his account unless someone applies for claim as the next-of-kin to the deceased
as indicated in our banking guidelines. Upon this discovery, I now seek your
permission to have you stand as a next of kin to the deceased, as all documentations
will be carefully worked out by me for the funds (£7,800,000.00) seven million
eight hundred thousand pounds to be released in your favor as the beneficiary's
next of kin. Because after nine years the money will be called back to the
bank treasury as unclaimed bills and the money shared amongst the directors
of the bank. so it is on this note i decided to seek for whom his name shall
be used as the next of kin/beneficiary to this funds rather than allow the
bank directors to share this money amongst themselves at the end of the year.
It may interest you to know that we have secured from the probate an order
of mandamus to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries. Please acknowledge
receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual business endeavor by
furnishing me with the [...]

Detalhes da análise: (12.3 points, 8.0 required)

pts regra descrição
---- ---------------------- --------------------------------------------------
-1.0 ALL_TRUSTED Passed through trusted hosts only via SMTP
3.5 BAYES_99 BODY: Bayes spam probability is 99 to 100%
[score: 1.0000]
0.0 FREEMAIL_FROM Sender email is freemail
1.6 FREEMAIL_ENVFROM_END_DIGIT Envelope-from freemail username ends in
digit (jasonsmith999078[at]
1.1 ADVANCE_FEE_2 Appears to be advance fee fraud (Nigerian 419)
0.0 T_LOTS_OF_MONEY Huge... sums of money
3.8 ADVANCE_FEE_3 Appears to be advance fee fraud (Nigerian 419)
0.0 T_FILL_THIS_FORM_SHORT Fill in a short form with personal information
2.4 FREEMAIL_REPLYTO Reply-To/From or Reply-To/body contain different

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