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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand us 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)
- This email message is a "dying merchant" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: zanelsimk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2013 02:14:25 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Do not ignore this message please ?.
Do not ignore this message please ?.
I am Byung kyo kim, a 75 year old South Korean National, I have come
across your name and contact as I search for a reliable, capable
and trustworthy individual to execute my last wish.I am contacting
you from my sick bed as i have been diagnosed of Oesophageal cancer,
unfortunately my doctor said i don't have any chance to survive
except by a miracle.
I was a former United Nations consultant director of economic and
social affairs in Africa for many years before i retired and went into
full time business.
Though I am very rich, I was never generous and never really cared for
anyone (not even myself) but my business.I was always hostile to people
and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for.
But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than
the desire to amass all the wealth in the world. I believe if i get
a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different
way from how I have lived it.I have willed and given most of my properties
and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a
few close friends.
I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided
to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the
last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have Distributed money to
some charity organizations in the Africa and Asia.
Now that my health has deteriorated, I cannot do anything myself anymore.
I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute
the money in the account charity organization in India and Pakistan, they
refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore,
as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them. The last
of my money which i secured in a foreign country that is not known to anybody
only me is the sum of FIVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS.
I want you retreive this money and use 80% of it to assist and finance
motherless children, orphanages, the handicapped, the less privileged etc,
while the remaining 20% ââof the total sum is for your own personal use.
I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my
Upon your response and acceptance of my proposal I will introduce you to
the finance house where i secured this money and also issue a letter of
authorization that will certify you the official beneficiary of this amount.
Byung kyo kim.