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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:
- "cotonou" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: Jacqueline Russell <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Jacqueline Russell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:15:29 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: My dear good friend
Â My dear good friend
Sorry to invade your privacy, I have been in search of someone trustworthy and i believe my contacting you through this medium will be a blessing for the both of us and also bring us closer as friends and eventually more money people.
I am Mrs. Jacquelline Russell and I work with Coris Bank International Cotonou Benin Republic as an account officer, I have been in search of a client whose name is Bob Reynolds from Canada whose funds valued ($14.8 Million) was converted into a Coris Visa Card and packaged for onward delivery to him since 18th of March 2014 but have not heard from him about receiving the Visa Card which is already activated and widely accepted all over the world.
I have made out contact and tried his two phone numbers which he provided but could not get any response to as his way about, Luckily but sad, on the 15th of August 2014, i was able to reach out to his email once more but got a shocking Auto Response which stated that Mr. Reynolds died April 2nd 2014 of a heart attack and i have not been able to get any or his relation to claim the Visa Card because he never shared any of their contact details with me nor the management of the bank.
Now i am in search of a reputable someone who will stand in as a relative to Mr. Bob Reynolds and receive this Visa Card which already has his name and be able to withdraw the funds from the Visa Card, this is a real deal and legitimate transaction as you do not have anything to worry about and i have all necessary documentations to back this up and present you even as the owner of the fund not even as a Next of Kin but the real owner of the fund.
My take on this is that you will get back to me with your present information's if you are interested to embark on this deal with me and have us share the fund on a %60/40 which simply means that %60 goes to me as the inventor while %40 goes to you as the receiver of the Visa Card.
If you are in line and accept this offer of mine, Kindly provide me with the below information which i will use to change the Fund Ownership certificate to your credentials and alert the delivery company to proceed on the delivery of the Visa Card to you, I can also Change the name on the Visa card to your personal name by withdrawing the Visa Card from the delivery company then change all personal details to be in your favor, I need the below information to proceed on this act.
Date of Birth
If i receive all these details from you, I will be satisfied that my proposal has been accepted and i will proceed by providing you with all necessary information more that you need to know about this and enable the delivery company proceed with the delivery of the Visa Card to you.
I wait to hear from you as soon as you can.
Jacqueline Ann Russell
Coris Bank Plc
Cotonou, Benin Republic