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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 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:
- "good day friend" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "million united states dollars" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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 next of kin scam.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Megawati" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2013 21:00:24 +0800
Subject: RE: GOOD DAY DEAR FRIEND !!!
Good Day Friend
My name is Mrs. Megawati Sukarnoputri, a Banker at BNP PARIBAS FORTIS BANK here in JAKARTA INDONESIA. I am the account officer to my late client, a national of your Country, who used to work with an Oil and Gas Exploration Company firm here in JAKARTA INDONESIA. On the 24th of December 2007, my client, Engr. Kamal Prabhakara his wife and their two children were involved in a ghastly auto accident while returning from their vacation and all occupants of the vehicle lost their lives. Since then I have made several inquiry to find any of my late clients relatives or close surnames names and I found you.
I am contacting you to assist in repatriating of my late client's fund in the Bank before it gets confiscated or declared unserviceable by the 8th of May 2014, This fund is US$58,000,000.00 (Fifty Eight Million United States Dollars) plus accumulated interest. Since my late clients death was Inter-state, I have the legal right to present you as the Beneficiary to this fund.
According to the Bank, we have only about 36 days Left on my late clients contract agreement with the bank and according to the JAKARTA INDONESIA inheritance Law, I must present the Next of Kin to get this accomplished otherwise the money will be confiscated and taken over by the banks top officials and share it amongst themselves.
I seek your consent to present you as the Beneficiary to the funds so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$58,000,000.00 plus the accumulated interest can be paid to you. Upon the successful completion of this transaction, I shall meet with you in your country to negotiate on how this fund will be utilized. May be we can reinvest the fund in your county for our benefit or share the funds 50% each.
I have all of the Legal Papers needed to back you up in this claim. All I require is your honest and maximum co-operation to see this transaction through. Please note that this transaction is 100% legit and risk free if you follow my legal instructions. You and I have nothing to lose since I will be at the background here and I will be furnishing you with the required details to be presenting to the bank where this fund is dormant in the account at the moment.
If you are willing to assist and want us to work together, please kindly contact me and send this information for me to have more trust in you.
Full Name :
Marital Status :
Home Address :
Country of Residence :
Nearest Airport :
A copy of your Passport:
EMAIL- address :
Next of Kin :
Kindly send the needed information to my private email: email@example.com only if you are interested.
Mrs. Megawati Sukarnoputri