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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- "transaction is risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- "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 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.
- 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)
- rodríguez santos date: 06/11/2015 email: email@example.com dear, i am mr. francisco javier rodríguez santos; and i (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Barrister Santos <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 04:48:52 +0200
Subject: PLEASE INDICATE YOUR INTEREST
B Cremades Y Asociados Sl
Goya, 18 2Âª Planta 28001 Madrid EspaÃ±a (EspaÃ±a)
TEL: +34 611 363 282/FAX: +34 935 504 382
ATHONY: Francisco Javier RodrÃguez Santos
I am Mr. Francisco Javier RodrÃguez Santos; and I am a Lawyer. Actually,
I got your contact information from the Canadian public record while
searching for a name similar to my late client's, a business magnate by
name Mr. Raman, who lived in Spain for over a decade prior to his death. He
died along with his family during Sichuan Catastrophe, which occurred on
the 12th day of May 2008 during their short holidays visit to Shanghai
Prior to further explanation, please accept my apology for this unsolicited
email. I am conscious that this is certainly not a predictable way of
approach to foster a relationship of trust, but because of the
circumstances and urgency surrounding this issue, I got to this point.
Before the calamity; He deposited the sum of $11.2M (Eleven Million Two
Hundred Thousand US Dollars) to a Financial Institution here in Spain, As
the attorney to late Mr. Raman, the Financial Firm has mandated me to
present a member of his family (heir/inheritor) to make the Claims early
this year or the fund will be confiscated and considered as unclaimed.
After exhaustive efforts and searching for a direct family member to my
late client which came to no avail, I was given the last option to present
a next of kin for the claim or have the fund liquidated and made
unserviceable in accordance with existing laws.
Against these conditions, my suggestion is that, I will like you to stand
as the next of kin, I know you may deem this fund not necessary as you may
have a lot to eat for the rest of your life, but bear in mind we can still
use this fund to help the homeless, the Orphanage and other people
suffering in this bad economic world we are in today. I know you may not be
anyway related to my late client but having a common name with him and the
modality I have in place, I can guarantee that if you follow my
instructions the fund will be release to us.
Mind you that this transaction is risk free; there is no iota of risk
connected to this dealing, as I have worked out all modalities to complete
the operation effectively. Once the Fund is released to you, we shall share
it equally, in the ratio of 50% for you and 50% for me as benefit, all
legal documents to back up your claim as my client's next of kin will be
secured gradually and forwarded to you as we proceed. All I require is
your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. This
will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from
any breach of the law.
Please be kind to get back to me through my emails as provided in this
letter or you can call me if you shall be willing to collaborate so that we
can start with the process of claim as soon as possible, please mind you
that we don't need to make undue publicity as this can hamper the process
taking into cognizance that we are not quite sure if you're really related.
Discretion must be maintained.
I wait for your quick respond, If this business proposition offends your
moral values, do accept my apology, otherwise please contact me at once to
indicate your interest.
Barrister: Francisco Javier RodrÃguez Santos
Private Email: email@example.com