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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 sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "to your nominated bank account" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "await your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- +447035901479 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 17 May 2013 19:00:29 +0100
Subject: Re: Business Opportunity
My name is Norris Stephen David an independent broker/dealer in England, The United Kingdom. My client , Asil Nadirf a business tycoon and the former Chief Executive officer of Polly Peck International (PPI.), London the United Kingdom. The former fugitive Business tycoon has been accused wrongly of stealing millions from his own business empire and Polly Peck International (PPI). He (Nadirf) has since been ordered to provide details of his finances and assets under a Financial Circumstances Order before the next hearing.
My client attorney Philip Hackett QC, mitigating for Nadir, said Nadir returned to the UK from Northern Cyprus despite having heart disease. That he (NADIRF) always wanted to return home and he eventually did return at the age of 70 and in poor health. He further asked the judge to give Nadirf credit for 720 days that he (Nadirf) created this company virtually out of nothing as dynamic leader of outstanding ability and now electronically tagged.
My client has lost so much including some fixed assets he acquired long before now and he is accused of stealing millions from the PPI his own company. Before the accusations of stealing, my client ran among other businesses of his own which was flourishing with every personal effort and support. From the businesses he made so much money and invests in so many businesses. Before my client return to the United Kingdom last year from Cyprus, he deposited with a Finance Security Company
in SPain, Twelve Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euros only (â¬12,750,000.00)as family treasure.
In view of my client health condition and the high interest rate the finance security company charges, the deposit could not be safe there. Hence we need your honest assistance to move this deposit from the Finance Security Company to your nominated bank account as the family business partner for investment. My client is seeking for a trustworthy and reliable Business Associate who to use the name/company to re-profile the deposit for safe keeping and investment and I contacted you for the business. Though, we know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring
you of 100% risk free with all modality Legal and safe.
He wants the entire documents such as deposit certificate and letter of attorney on your name that will authorize you the New Beneficiary to take charge of the deposit with the Bank. This is as a result of his present situation and health which he does not want people to know his financial strength.
COMMISSION / REMUNERATION
You will be accorded with 30% of the total sum for your assistance as management fee on completion of the project and balance belong to my clinet. While thanking you for your anticipated co-operation, we look forward in doing this business with you in the nearest future.I need your full name and address, your direct telephone number/Fax number, and copy of your identification such as (International Passport or Driverâs License) to procure the change of ownership of the deposit for this transaction to commence and executed successfully.Attached is my ID (passport)for your records. As soon as I get your direction, I will commence on the paper work to ensure everything is legal for you and my client.
I await your urgent response as soon as possible so that I can proceed with the introduction letter to the bank.
Norris David Stephen
NORRIS & MAGUEL Financial Services, Inc
291 Hackney Rd
London E2 8NA