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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.
- 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:
- "hundred thousand us 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)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- "my names are " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Ramirez Castano <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Ramirez Castano <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:23:39 +0000 (UTC)
I am confirming if you received my previous email regarding you having
the same Surname with my late client/inheritance.My names are
Barrister Castano Ramirez and I work with ASOCIADOS Spain. A legal
representative and personal Attorney to my client business magnate.
Actually, I got your contact information through the Email public
records while searching for a last name similar to my late client's
who was a business magnate that lived in Spain for over a decade prior
to his death, he died along with his nuclear family during the Tsunami
catastrophe, which occurred December 2004.
Prior to my explaining further, I must first apologize for this
unsolicited mail to you. I am aware that this is certainly not a
predictable way of approach to foster a relationship of trust, but
because of the circumstances and the urgency surrounding this claim. I
decided to reach you via this media to join me to put claims on this
fund before it is seized or confiscated by the authorities.Prior to
the catastrophe; He deposited the sum of $7.4M (SEVEN MILLION, FOUR
HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) with his bank here in Spain. As the
Attorney/Adviser to my late client and family, the bank has officially
notified and instructed me to presentÂ heir/inheritor to make Claims,
so that he/she can be paid the outstanding $7.4M, else the fund will
be confiscated and taken to the Bureau of government treasury as
Ensuing to the above I embarked on exhaustive search for a direct
family member to my late client which came to no avail. I was given an
ultimatum to look for some relative to come for the claim or have the
fund liquidated and made unserviceable in accordance with existing
laws. After preliminary efforts of search for a direct family member
which came to no avail, I decided to contact you; my suggestion to you
is that I will like to present you as the heir/inheritor to this
deposited fund). I know you may not be anyway related to my late
client but having a common surname with him it is absolutely necessary
for me to make it take the resemblance of an actual next of kin; this
is where I need your assistance, although I know that a transaction of
this magnitude might make anyone apprehensive but I would like to
assure you that I am proposing this project to you with the best of
intensions as an Attorney.
The modality I have in place, I can guarantee that if you follow my
instructions (The rule of laws) and capitalizing of some judicial loop
holes the funds will be released to us. Mind you that this transaction
is 100% risk free; there is no atom of risk connected to this business
as I have worked out all modalities to complete the operation
effectively. All I require from you is your honest co-operation; I
guarantee that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate
banking arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. Upon
successful conclusion of this project, once the fund is transfer to
you, we shall disbursed the content in the ratio of 50% for you, 50%
for me respectively as our benefit ($ 3.7 Million each).
Kindly indicate your responses to this mail either via my office email
address, Email: email@example.comÂ as above or you can
equally send a fax with your personal Telephone /fax number for
effective communication and oral clarification on how to proceed next.
Abogado & Asociados