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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- 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; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: " Dr. Robert Jeffrey" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:49:01 +0000 (UTC)
I'm Dr.Robert Jeffrey , a banker, i'm soliciting your co-operation to claim the sum of USD $6.450.000 from our bank to your bank account.
The funds in-question belong to our late clientÂ who died along with his entire family on 31 July 2000 in a plane crash.
I will like you to go through the web sit below.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/859479.stm
I need to put your name as hisÂ next of kin for our bank to transfer the funds into your bank account for us to share, 60% to me, 35% to you while outstanding 5% aside for expenses involved while securing all necessary proove paperworks in your name from High-court of Justice and Ministry of Finance as the rightful next of kin to the deceased, for release of the funds/transfer to your account.
If you are not capable to handle this transaction donât border to reply me this is very serious deal, thank you.
Dr.Robert Jeffrey.Director. BOA.