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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.
- 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.
- +447024020282 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "Gregory" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:52:31 +0500
Subject: Second Notice>
Kindly Accept & Acknowledge my Proposal!
I understand that through Internet is not the best way to link up with
you to inform you about this notification but because of the
confidentiality which my proposal demands.However, I have already sent
you this same letter one month ago, but I am not sure if it did get to
you since I have not heard from you, hence i am constrain to reach you
through the Internet which has been abused over the years.I wish to
notify you again that your name was mentioned as heir to the sum of
5,600, 000.00 sterling pounds. In the last testament of our deceased
client name now withed.I and my team of the Heir Hunters Company in
the United Kingdom are detectives assisting distant relatives of
people who have died with or without making any official will.
As the heir hunters team of detective, the race is now on for us to
track down the often distant relatives in line for a windfall. We
came across your profile and email while searching through genealogy
database.Note as the heir hunters our aim is to assist people claim
there lost relative fortune instead of the government or Bank MDS to
use the money to in reach their treasury.Please send an acknowledgment
email to enable us process your inheritance with all due verification
I look forward to hearing from you.
Telephone: +44 702-4020282