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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:
- ",500,000" (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)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- 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: "Dr. Brendan Nelson." (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:54:13 -0000
Subject: Re: Let me know your decision.
I hope you are doing good today, I got your email contact from your countrys Business Directory and decided to contact you regarding a business proposal.
I am Dr. Brendan Nelson, the Head of Accounting Audit Committee department of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) here in London. This is about a business proposal that will be of an immense benefit for both of us
In my department, I discovered an abandoned sum of GBP 16,5 million GBP (GBP 16,500,000.00 British Pound Sterling) in an account that belongs to one of our late foreign customer Mrs. Surti Dahlia, a German / Dutch businesswoman and widow from Netherlands who was one of the victim of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370 / MAS370) which crashed in the south of the Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014 on the way from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport killing all on board.
Mrs. Surti DAHLIA is number 130 on the list, see the link below manifest of the flight:
Since her death, our bank has been waiting for the next of kin to come for the claim of their money and goods valued the sum of GBP 16,5 million GBP but nobody has done so, I personally have failed in the search for her relatives, I seek your consent to present you to the bank as the next of kin of the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at GBP 16.5 million can be paid to you.
The deal will be divided in this ratio: 55% for me and 45% for you.
I have in my possession all the necessary and important documents that can be used in this business. I need your honest Co-operation, Confidentiality and Trust to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee you 100% success in this business, you can be rest assured that this transaction is executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law both here in the UK and in your country.
If you are handling this deal, kindly provide me with the following details so that I could upload them here in our bank's database as the rightful beneficiary to this fund:
1, Your first full name .:
2, your private telephone numbers (office and mobile)
3, private fax number:
4, Your full address:
5, Your Age / Gender:
6, your job / profession:
7, Private / alternative e-mail address
Having gone through a methodical search, I decided to contact you, hoping that you will find this proposal interesting, Please on your confirmation of this message and indicating your interest I will provide you with more information.
Please let me know your decision rather than keep me waiting.
Note: Do not forget that this is a business requires absolute secrecy and has to be done as quickly as possible.
Dr Brendan Nelson
Head of Accounting Audit Committee
Royal Bank of Scotland London