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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:
- "contact me immediately" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "cotonou" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Don George <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Don George <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:53:02 +0000 (UTC)
Â Partnership Proposal
I once again notify you as my earlier letter was returned undelivered however,if you do receive this message in your JUNK folder it is due to your internet provider kindly move to your INBOX before responding.
I know that this is not the right platform to contact you in a project of this magnitude because of fraud and scams all over the internet.
But I am proposing this business to you because I know that itâs a good opportunity for you to manage the investment of 750 Million USD in the real estate business or any other good profit yielding business. I will need to meet you personally in Cotonou - Benin Republic to know you personally,have meeting with you to sign partnership agreement to secure the funds. The purpose of your coming to Benin Republic is for us to know each other very and discuss the best way to handle the project. First, I must solicit your trust and strictest confidence in this transaction; this is by nature of the top-secret information I am about to divulge to you. I got your contact on my search on the internet for a citizen of your country.
I am Mr Don George, I am a banker,Nevertheless,I have a business proposition involving the sum of ($15.5 millions dollars US) in my bank which I know we will be of mutual benefit to both of us, and I believe we can handle it together,once we have a common understanding and mutual cooperation in the execution of the modalities.
This fund belonged to one of our foreign customers who died along with his entire family in a plane crash. Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or a business associate to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines and laws, but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this business proposal to you so that the bank can release the money to you as the next of kin or a business associate to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and I don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.
Since the bank law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after Six years the money will be transferred into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and i cannot stand as next of kin. I agree that 40% of this money will be for you as a foreign partner because is a deal, in respect to the provision of a foreign account, 10% will be set aside for expenses incurred during the business and 50%would be for me and my Family. There after I will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated and for some possible investment under your kind control. Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged, you must applyfirst to the bank as a business associate or next of kin of the deceased person. Remember nobody except you know about this deal so keep it secret and confidential to avoid me loosing my job.
Please i will like this transaction to be strictly between you and i Upon receipt of your reply, I will start by giving to you the application which you will fill and send to the bank. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer and given your 100% full assurance and risk free. You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this mail. Should you beinterested, please send me those information below please if not forget about this deal and dont reply me because is not a childs play:
Late Mr Andreas Schranner,from Germany. Website:http: Http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm
All logistics are in place and all modalities worked out for the smooth actualization of the transaction within fourteen working days of commencement after receipt of the following information : -
Please give me Your;
Your contact Address in full.
Your Mobile/Cell Phone number
Your nature of work, Age and Marital Status
I cannot give you more details until I receive your positive response for security reasons.
Please bear in mind that when this fund is remitted into your account, the fund shall be shared in the below ratio:-55% to be released to me on my arrival in your country.45% to be retained by you.5% is for reimbursement of all expenses incurred by both parties in the course of the transaction.
Your consideration is highly awaited.
Mr Don George