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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)
- "% will be for you" (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 next of kin scam.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr.David Goodiwn" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Dr.David Goodiwn" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 05:16:06 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: My late client
I am contacting you for a transaction involving Five Million Five hundred thousand dollars only( $5,500,000.00) My late client was going through a horrendous divorce and was on the verge of losing most of his estate to his vicious and diabolical wife. As a result of this alarming predicament,He came to me with a very brilliant idea of putting the $5.5M to a fixed deposit account in our bank under an alias which only the two of us knew before his death without any will and no trace for claim.
The money have been unclaimed for two years now and the bank have requested me to provide the next of kin beneficiary, hence I contacted you.I would like to stand as the next of kin to my client so that you will be able to receive his funds,I will have 65%,30% will be for you and 5% will be map aside to cover all expenses in the process of completing this transaction.Provide me with the following details:
FULL NAMECONTACT ADDRESSPHONE NUMBER
to enable so that I will summit a letter of introduction in your name as the next of kin beneficiary to this claim and perfect all paperwork in your name for this claim.It is important that you Call me on my direct phone number +44 745 227 6317 or send me a text message .You can also send me Fax on +44 705 3490466 for more information in details.I assure you that this transaction is worth taking and highly profitable.It's 100% risk free.
I awaits your urgent response.
Yours Faithfully,Dr.David GoodwinDirect phone number : +44 745 227 6317Direct Fax number : +44 705 3490466