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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:
- "here in united kingdom" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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:
Date: Sat, 05 Mar 2016 13:16:04 -0800
Subject: From Amir A. K
I am responding to your reply to my solicitation. Thank you so very
much for contacting me and for trusting me with your personal
information as I did request. I am hopeful you will earnestly take
this onerous responsibility with me and with all humility for our
For introduction; I am Amir Aydin Khanmammadov, a citizen of
Azerbaijan. I am 36 years old. I reside in Birmingham City in the
United Kingdom where I served a widow; Ms. Susan Orwell-Brown as a
live-in house keeper since I was 16 years old, until she passed on in
September 2010 at the age of 82 years.
I lost my father when I was age 4 and mother when I was 15.
Ms. Susan Orwell-Brown was like a mother to me. She was responsible
for my education till my High school. She had no child of her own. Her
husband Mr. Alf Brown passed on in year 2004 at the age of 84 years.
This is a confidential disclosure that I would want you uphold as much
as you can.
Barely a year prior to the demise of Ms. Brown, she handed to me a box
containing some expensive jewelries and documents. Among the documents
is a certificate issued by a bank in Belfast, here in United kingdom.
Content of the certificate shows a deposit of a reasonable amount of
money which I will discuss when I receive further from you.
I donât want the money to be lost to the bank. I am now contacting you
to join me in retrieving the fund from the bank. You would be
presented to the bank, through legal backing, as the custodian of the
fund ever introduced to me during my stay with Ms. Orwell-Brown. With
this done, the bank will only deal with you as the family
representative and the sole manager empowered to receive and manage
This is the core information which I would want you understand and
consider imperative in taking this intent to a logical conclusion.
When I receive your response, I will disclose more information on how
we shall go about claiming the money and what I intend to do when we
have it. I have contacted an attorney for a guide. I'll let you know
what he advised on what to do and how to go doing it right.
I am waiting to read from you to discuss further.
Please keep this information in absolutely confidence to avoid giving
any chance for any other person to know about it to scuttle this
Thanking you for reading this mail and in anticipation of your
understanding and cooperation..
I am yours with regards,
Amir A. Khanmammadov