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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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 (Yahoo, Hong Kong; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Alexander Mooney <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:06:45 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.
Sorry for the inconveniences of sending you this proposal to your email. However, it is necessitated because of the urgency it demands. I am a Lawyer by profession, I major in International Banking Laws/Investment. I have a deceased private client, a native of China who left a deposit of US$4,200,000.00 (Four Million, Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) in an International Bank. He left no WILL neither did he leave any Next of Kin to inherit this fund. On March this year, my client Mr. Cuiyun Jiang, his wife Mrs. Xueren Jiang and their only daughter, Yingms Jiang were involved in the Malaysian Flight MH 370 (Registration No: 9M-MRO) which got missing on the 8th of March 2014 in an unknown site. The bank has contacted me as his lawyer to locate any of his close associate or family member in China and Malaysia to claim these funds but I have been unable to locate any of his close relatives till this moment, failure by me to produce a relative of my client within the given time will lead to the confiscation of the funds by the bank. I shall be willing to submit your references to the bank for this claim as the Next of Kin to my late client only on the understanding that the funds be split 60-40 between us, with higher share being mine. If you are interested in this proposal, please get back to me at once with your full detailed information: 1) Full Names 2) Date of Birth 3) Occupation 4) Marital Status 5) Contact Address/Phone numbers. Anticipating your swift response, send me an email to my private email address: Â firstname.lastname@example.org
You can go through the plane crash manifest for more details, here's the webpage. http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/content/dam/mas/master/en/pdf/Malaysia%20Airlines%20Flight%20MH%20370%20Passenger%20Manifest.pdf
Your prompt attention to this matter would be greatly esteemed.
Sincerely,Â Barrister Alexander J. Mooney