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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:
- "huge deposit" (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)
- "affidavit " (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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.
- +447045766297 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "JAMES KEMP LAW FIRM UK." (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:24:08 -0800
Subject: Your reply needed
I am James Kamp a Solicitor, I am the Personal Attorney to Toekiran Donny, A national of your country based in Malaysia, engineer who ran car maker BMW museum and also an oil consultant died along with his entire family in this resent Malaysia ghastly air crash in Indian Ocean that claim the lives of all the 239 passengers
You may click this link below for Verification. (http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/08/us-malaysiaairlines-flight-idUSBREA2701720140308) ttp://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/21881451/malaysia-airlines-hunts-for-missing-plane/)
Since his wife was his next of kin and she was in the missing plan also, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet to locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence I contacted you.
I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money that belongs to my client before it declared unserviceable by the bank management where these huge deposits were lodged. Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued $38,900,000.00 has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over many months now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased so that the proceeds of this can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money. 70% to me and 25% to you, while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your government may require, I have the certificate of deposit that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your moral support.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
Please get in touch with me by my email to enable us discuss further.
Provide me with the information below:
1. Your Full Name:
2. Your Resident/Office Address:
3. Your Marital Status:
4. Your Age:
5. Your Occupation:
6. Country: (Present Location):
7. Private Telephone:
This is to affect the swift transfer of this fund into your account in less than Three (3) Working days I WILL OBTAIN AFFIDAVIT FROM COURT WHEN YOU RESPONSE TO ME.
Barrister James Kamp.