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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:
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: "James" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:06:10 +0100
Subject: This Info Will Help You To Get Your Funds
This Info Will Help You To Get Your Funds
How are you today and your Family plus work i hope fine? i am James Rankin i live in Albany New York i am one of those who had an Inheritance payment from United Kingdom long ago and i had tried all i could to get my payment all to no avail and i had spent over $70,000 trying to get my payment but it failed and the total money i spent was from my Equity Line of Credit account which made me to owe Bank so much that i lost my house to mortgage My family was scattered and my wife threatened to divorce me.
One day I decided to traveled to the United Kingdom to meet with a lawyer that i heard so much about, his Name is Barrister Felix Appelbe, I located his office and told him my story and he helped to follow the case up with the Bank and legal organizations which finally they approved my payment and had it transferred to me in the New York.
My dear the truth is that i actually had an Inheritance payment but the Lawyer and the people who were helping me could not tell me the truth due to greed and selfishness they messed my life up and then reaped all my hard earned money,I thought i should tell you about this Lawyer that helped me so that you can try to contact with him in case you have any pending payment from United Kingdom he is a very good lawyer not greedy or deceitful like others, he will help you, i have seen him face to face and he is the reason for my Joy today and my family is back to normal.
I actually believe there is always a payment for someone from UK but the people that is working it out for the person is always the problem as they do not say the truth, i got to know this through Barr. Felix and since then i felt i should let people to know and give Barr. Felix Appelbe a try Im sure he will do something to help you get your payment.
I made some expenses anyway but that was direct to the offices that needed it to approve my payment and it took just three days for them to approve my payment and the bank didn't waste time to complete the transfer.
Please we will continue with this when i read from you, I will let you have Barr. Felix contact info plus his email address, i am out of the states now i traveled to Asia to discuss about my Investment and what i want to be dealing on so that the payment i received will last and stay forever.
Hope to read from you soon.
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