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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "from the desk of" (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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Dave Falconer" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:24:28 -0000
Subject: YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED!
>From The Desk of Dave Falconer
Allied Irish Bank (GB)
I apologize for sending you this sensitive information via e-mail Instead of a Certified/Post-mail.
This is due to the urgency and importance of the information. I humbly crave your attention to read this e-mail with all seriousness because this project is based on trust, confidentiality and sincerity in order to achieve a goal. Although, we have not met before, but i have every reason to believe that you are a highly respected personality, considering the fact that i got your e- mail address through commerce directory while searching for a reliable and reputable person that can handle this transaction.
I am a senior manager account/audit in Allied Irish Bank(London). I am writing following an opportunity in my office that will be of immense benefit to both of us. In my department, we discovered an abandoned sum of 10.5 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand Pounds Only) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers who unfortunately lost his life in an auto crash on his way to the airport.And ever since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin or relatives to come forward to claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as Next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guideline.
Unfortunately, I discovered that his supposed next of kin, being his Only daughter and wife died along with him in the auto crash leaving nobody with the knowledge of this funds behind for claim. It is Therefore upon this discovery that I and his account manager decided to do business with you and release the money to you as his next of kin or beneficiary of the funds for safe keeping and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it, and we don't want the money to go to Government treasury account as unclaimed funds. The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that if such money remain unclaimed after seven years will be transferred into banking treasury account as unclaimed funds.
We agreed that 40% of this money would be for you as foreign partner, while the balance will be for my colleagues and i. I will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentage indicated above once the money gets into your account. Please be honest with me. To commence this transaction, we require you to immediately indicate your interest by a return e-mail and enclose the
1. Your Full name.
2: Your private telephone and Fax numbers.
3. Occupations and Nationality.
4. Date of Birth.
5. Present Location.
Note: this transaction is confidential and risk free. Please note that all the necessary arrangement for the smooth release of these funds to you will be finalized as soon as you indicate your role in this transaction. We will discuss more in details when I receive your response, please contact me through my private E-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr. Dave Falconer.
Senior Manager Account Audit.
Credit Bureau Executive
Consumer Assistance Department
4th Floor Hanover Place, 8 Ravensbourne Road
Bromley, Kent BR1 1HP