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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:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: LLM SAAD <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: LLM SAAD <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:41:42 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: MY DEAR GOOD FRIEND,
Â MY DEAR GOOD FRIEND, Â First let me introduce myself. My name is Barrister Saad Newman, from LL.M Chamber I am the attorney to the son of Libyan leader Col Mommar Gaddafi. I am sure that you are aware of the recent revolution thatÂ swept through my country. This had prompted me to leave the country to another African country which I will disclose to you in due course. Please note that, I did not disclose what I wanted to do with you to any one, i came across your contact as I was searching for whom i may use on this business cooperation. Simply I need someone I could trust before I will proceed with you. Â Now to the reason why I am contacting you. As a trusted aid and personal lawyer to the son (Saif Al Islam Gaddafi) of the late Libyan leader Col Mommar Gaddafi. We were able to secure the total sum of (â¬ 100,000,000:00) from access crude oil account, this fund was pulled out in the heat of this crises that rocked Libya. The said fund was deposited in the Bank in the location, (not Libya) which I will disclose to you knows in due course.Â Â My principal was apprehended close to the Algeria Border on his way out of Libya and I am afraid that during interrogation he might be forced to disclose the where about of this money which will ultimately be confiscated by the Government now in Power. Â My proposal is that I present you as the owner of this deposited fund by providing you with the necessary information with which you will be able to contact the Bank where the total Fund was deposited with view of transferring the fund to you. This is the best possible time for this transaction because the new Government in Power is still grappling with some teething problem and this transaction can be concluded with the next 21 working days. I propose that we should share this money between the two of us in the ratio of 30 % for you and 70% for me. I have all the Certificate of deposit documents that we will need to access this fund with this Bank. Â This transaction I can assure you is risk free. You should indicate your interest by getting in touch with me immediately so that I can provide you with details of how we are to go about the transaction. However if you are not interested, you are to treat the email as if you never received such. This is confidential and must not be disclosed nor discussed it to a third party or unauthorized person, I Look forward to hearing from you. Â Reply me in this my private email: (firstname.lastname@example.org) I only need this dataâs information, send them to me below:Your Full Name .......................................................................
Your Telephone Number â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦ Â Regards,
BarristerÂ Saad Newman,(LL.M)