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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Ken Gabriel" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:42:36 -0500
Subject: Re: REPLY URGENTLY
I am Mr. Ken Gabriel, the managing/Audit Director of a financial firm here in Europe. In my department i discovered an abandoned sum ($12.9M) which belongs to one of our foreign customer whom i was his account manager.
I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month thereof, we sent a reminder but unfortunately we learnt that he died along with his entire family in Plane Crash in Thailand that Leaves 89 people Dead, One-Two-Go Airline, which took place in PHUKET,Thailand.
Read more on: www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,296946,00.html and his supposed next of kin died along with him leaving nobody behind to claim the fund.
So in my capacity as the manager to his account i want to present you (a neutral foreigner) as the next of kin so that the Fund can be transferred to you, and can be shared among us, else the fund will be pocketed by the selfish Government officials of my country so please get back to me for further details.