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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "here in united kingdom" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Naeimeth-Daniels Makus" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2012 13:10:36 +0100
Upon Receipt of Your Reply
Good Day Dear friend,
My name is Mr.Naeimeth-Daniels Makus. I am a staff Director working with a Treasury / Security Deposit Company based in Accra, Ghana, Western Africa.
I would like you to indicate your interest to work with me to receive the transfer of a particular Safety Deposit currently in our company"s custody . these was deposited some years ago by a late German Citizen and His late wife. Tag labelled on the safety box is the contents, ( Gold Jewelries ( Worth about 8.5Million USD), Estate Property Documents and Clothes ), all registered as Family Valuables. But I have a very strong feelings that there are some cash amount of money will also be inside the Safety box, but it was not disclosed on the registeration papers.
The depositor, Dr.Wolfthanz Christiana was based into Solid Gold Business till his death. I will like you to stand as the Partnership Beneficiary. His Safety Deposit account is presently dormant for claims with our company. Currently, the computer data here in our office indicates that the depositor and his wife who was supposed to be the Next of Kin died since last year August, precisely a year ago. And the did not have any offspring before the died nor was there any adoption.
And by the Policy of Security company codes and conducts here in Ghana, deposits unclaimed after a stipulated number of years are seized and confiscated by the authorities. These is why I have searched extensively for a trusted partner whoi can execute these deal with.
I have the alternate Original Deposit Certificate copies issued to the depositor, which I have all copies with me.I succeed in pulling out all extra copies of these Deposit with us and held them secretly till these day.
Please once you are interested to handle these with me, send me the following detailed information to know who you are more better so that we can start off and claim these safety box out from our custody.
1. Your Full Name:
2. Direct Mobile Number:
3. Resident Address:
4. Sex / Age:
5. Occupation / Position:
Upon receipt of your reply, I will give you full details on how the business will be executed and therefore you will apply to our Deposit Security Company yourself with your reliable details and a scan copy of your Identification Card (ID CARD). Our Deposit Security Company will negotiate fully how you will receive the Box without pains.
You must present yourself as a Buisness partner of the Deceased customer of ours, with all the certificate documents which I shall Provide to you. And our company shall release these deposits to you as soon as the site the copies of the deposit documents.
You and I will share the all things that is inside safety box according to the percentage indicated below. FIFTY PERCENT (50%) of the total Gold worth will be for me...FIFTY PERCENT( 50%) for you for all the efforts stress you carried out. AND SO SHALL WE BEAR ALL EXPENSES WHICH MIGHT BE INCURED ON THE PROCESS 50:50%. Thereafter you will help me to visit your country for sharing according to the percentage indicated above.
Presently, I am with my family in United Kingdom for my annual leave so I felt it will be best to use these period to execute these transaction. These is not a do or die affair my friend. I shall have the pleasure to release to you my mobile telephone number here in United kingdom.
Most importantly, please I request that you keep these peice of information safe and confidential between us two only.
( REPLY ME WITHOUT DELAY. )