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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:
- "top secret" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: STEPHEN CRONIN <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 03:54:56 +0000 (UTC)
Hello,Â How are you doing today, I hope all is well with you ? My name is Stephen Cronin a staff of HSBC Bank from United Kingdom. You may ask how I got your contact, well i saw your contact during my private search and i have a deep believe that you will be honest, committed and capable of assisting me in transferring seven million five hundred thousand ($7.5 million) United States dollarsbelonging to Lawton Robert from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, who was among the passengers that boarded the crashed MH370 Malaysia Airline that disappeared from the Malaysian air space on the 8 March, 2014.
This money was embezzled by the victim and was deposited to HSBC Bank in Malaysia. He flew and held a meeting with an insider in the Bank to help him transfer the money to China. Nobody knew about this money and he died with his family in that plane crash. I have been in contact with this insider in the Bank and he needed an honest person outside UK who cantake 30% of the money and stand as Mr. Lawtonâs Next of Kin and provide us with Bank Â Account Â details where we can transfer this money into.
Please, Note that you are working with an insider so you need not have any fear. This deal is top secrete and should be treated as such. I'm waiting for your response so that we can proceed.