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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:
- ",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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Jin Chung <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:37:00 +0000
Subject: Re:Project Email.
I am Jin Chung,I am the Internal Auditor of the Wing Hang Bank Ltd, Johnston Road Branch 131-133 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.An Iraqi Name Bashir Al Basaer, a business man made a numbered fixed deposit of (346,736,899.68 HKD) valued to US$45,500,000.00.Upon maturity several notices was sent to him, even during the war, Nine years ago (2005).
Again after the war another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later found out that Bashir Al Basaer and his family had been killed during the war in Gunfire that hit their home where his personal oil well was. After further investigation it was also discovered that Bashir Al Basaer did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. So, US$45,500,000.00 is still lying in my bank and I need you to act as the next of Kin to claim the fund. You will also be required.
(1) To Assist in the transfer of the said sum to your account(2) Advise on lucrative areas for investment in your country.If you agree to render your service 45% of US$45,500,000.00 for you,55%for me, email me your Telephone/fax # if you are interested.