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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Partner Simmons & Simmons" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:56:23 +1000
Your information has been found on the inheritance file of our late client, with Bank Of Montreal London and you are entitled to his inheritance
The inheritance was deposited by( Name Witheld) before his death, he was a Medical consultant to UNICEF. He passed away in Dubai on the 23rd may 2012 according to the information issued by the British Home Office
Be informed that you have been confirmed as the authentic beneficiary by the board of the holding bank of your inheritance(Bank Of Montreal London) we will reveal further information to you when we have received your information and cross checked and confirm with what has been certified by the holding bank.
Find below the requested information for revalidation
Copy Of Identification:
Partner Simons & Simons
legal consultant to Bank Of Montreal London