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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "usa" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 06:38:54 -0700
How is life with you over there?
Please considering the fact that I sourced your email from the peoples search database on the web during my discrete search for a foreign partner whom can assist..My name is Mr. Song chun; I am the Head of Operations at Dah Sing Bank, Hong Kong. My business proposal for you is to assist me transfer US$12.8 million from my bank in Hong Kong to a foreign bank if willing. After the successful transfer,our sharing ratio will be 40% for you and 60% for me.
This money was deposited by my client Mr. Yoshi Yuu, who lost his life along with his family in the massive Earthquake and Tsunami disaster that destroyed avast area of Japan on the date 11th March 2011. According to the law in my Country, after nine months the Hong Kong Government would come for the funds if nobody applies to claim the money. Should you be interested, please respond immediately to my private email:(email@example.com) with the following information for documentation purpose by the attorney:
Your Complete Name:
Current Residential Address:
Your Age and Sex:
I look forward to hearing from you.
Mr. Song Chun