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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "affidavit " (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "chambers" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Urgent Notification" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:57:39 +0100
Subject: Swiss Chamber of Commerce
Talacker 43, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland
I am Mr. Luther Herrmann, a Member of the Hanseatic Bar Association (H.B.A) and private attorney to Sir. Chloe deceased). I have been his attorney and legal adviser for more than 6 years a decade, until his death four months ago. he died of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17/MAS17)[a] was a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that crashed on 17 July 2014, Before retiring from active duties, he was a successful business tycoon and crude-oil merchant. He had no biological child and due to these reason he has decided to will his some thousand of euros to be donated to the orphaned children for food, housing, clothing, education, and hope for a brighter future!
He sign a contract with my chamber after he died 1,985,000. 00 should be donated orphaned children
However, he did not declare all his assets intentionally, leaving behind £5,000, 000.00
(Five Million Euro) which is a confidential information between himself and my chamber. Before his date he placed his will and documents and the jurisdictions of my chambers,
And according to the deceased he always renders assistance to people
And with the documents we have here your name has appeared were selected your email through directory system a cash amount of 1,985,000,00 is ready to be transferred to you on the following condition:
*You must issue this chamber the progress report to the orphaned
*We will send delegates to inspect after the funds have been transferred to you
If you have read these conditions and have agreed to them, then we can proceed to the transfer of fund proper. This will involve me processing some legal documents and affidavit to seal our contract and affidavit that will back up the transfer of the funds. Then the transfer of the funds can be made to your bank account through
BANK WIRE TRANSFER. Also, please send me a scanned copy of your current identity card or international passport, for proper identification.
Note: From this stage, all correspondence should be sent to
Email box: email@example.com
Mr. Lothar Herrmann (H.B.A)
C.E.O. Hanseatic Bar Association