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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:
- "million united states 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)
- "top secret" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Donald Williams" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:54:13 -0700
Subject: I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE DEAR FOREIGNER
Greetings Beloved ,
I am Mr Donald Williams , Head of Accounts Management Section of Union Bank of Africa here in Lagos .
I wish to solicit your assistance in a deal that involves reasonable amount of money. This deal by virtue of its nature must be utterly confidential and top secret. Though I know that transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that this will be done under a legitimate arrangement that will protect both of us from any breach of the law.
I had a client by name Mr. Paul Louis Halley who was one of the richest man in France . He was into several business before his untimely death by air crash. This website will give you comprehensive picture of what I am talking about ( http://newswww.bbc.net.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/oxfordshire/4537663.stm )
My client who died along with his lovely wife deposited the Sum of $10 Million (Ten million United States Dollars Only) with our bank here in Africa .
During the bank audit exercise, the bank discovered my late client's deposit as an unclaimed credit balance, hence issued me a notice to provide any relatives of my client otherwise they will have the account closed and the fund confiscated. I have made several inquiries to his high commission to locate my client's extended relatives, but all my efforts proved abortive, I then decided to trace his relatives or family member over the Internet, and hence I found you as my instinct convinces me that you will be a trustworthy and honest business partner and I decided to contact you to assist me in repatriating my late client's deposit before it got confiscated or declared unserviceable .
I now seek your permission to present you as my deceased client relative and have you stand as the Next of Kin to my deceased client so that the funds of $10 Million (Ten Million United States Dollars Only ) can be released and paid into your account as the beneficiary and next of kin.
Our Financial Institution is presently and by law the custodian of the money belonging to the deceased, whose account I am responsible for monitoring and officiating. The present mandate I have to present a credible beneficiary opens the way for us to take advantage of the situation and use the money to positively affect the lives of many instead of allowing the funds to be completely lost, since no one knows about the money and no one will come forward to claim the money as we already know and guaranteed .
This transaction is totally risk free and legal as the fund is Legitimate and does not originate from drug or money laundry.
The fund belongs to a foreigner and can only be claimed by a foreigner as according to our banking policy here ,This why i need your assistance as i have lived all my life in Africa and do not have a contact abroad.
On your interest, please send to me your contact Telephone number.... so i can discuss this matter more with you,i don't not need any betrayal .
You can also reach me on +2347069516225,i also need you to send :
Your full name.........................
Name of Country you reside .......................
i assure you that i shall not jeopardize with your information and this transaction is a guaranteed success.My barrister will take care of all the protocol and documents needed .
I pray that the grace of our Lord Jesus and the love of God and the fellowship of God be with you and your family.
May God bless you as you do your work
Please if you can not be able to handle this project kindly let me know urgently to enable me look for some one else that can handle this project immediately and it is not good to abandon this fund in the bank while there are many children suffering, homeless children are uncountable.
Mr Donald Williams