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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:
- "will come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "into 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)
- "million pounds" (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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- 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 (Yahoo, Malaysia; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 08:08:35 +0800
Subject: I Request Business Partnership
I Humbly Request For Your Business Suggestion into this proposal
I know this proposal will come to you as a surprise because we have not met before either physically or through correspondence. I believe is the wish of gods. I am Mr. Asrar Bin,Finance Manager of Arab OCBC Bank Plc Malaysia, contacting you to seek partnership in a pending business project. In my bank i have a business proposal involving an amount of seventeen Million Pounds. (17,000,000,.00GBP).In my Bank there were no beneficiary avowed related to this funds. The fund has been declared dormant in my bank.
The reason why I contacted you is that I want us to work together to transfer the funds out of my bank into your bank account or any other account of your choice for investment. I will be glad to see if you can partner with me and also be a good and trusted person. I have all modalities fashioned out to give it an excellent outcome. Once the funds has been transferred into your nominated bank account. Both of us will share the percentage as 60% to me and 40% to you. I am open to negotiate your percentage. Your utmost attention and sincerity is needed.
Please email me back for further details.
Mr. Asrar Bin Rosdi
Banking & Chief Casher