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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million 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)
- "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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. David Hind" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2016 09:38:14 GMT
Subject: REPLY ME IMMEDIATELY
I am Mr. David Hind, a British citizen from London. I am Finance Security Officer, working in COIN FINANCE SECURITY GROUP London, United Kingdom.
I have a profiling amount in an excess of US$40,500.000.00 Million Dollars, which I seek you to accommodate for me. You will be rewarded with 40% of the total sum for your partnership. Can you handle this? Your assistance and support is needed to transfer the Forty Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars out of the firm where I work, to your bank account in your Country.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
This is an abandon sum and it belongs to our late customer Mr. Alan Williams, a British tycoon who died with his family in car accident on 20th of October 2008. This fund was left unclaimed in custody of the COIN FINANCE SECURITY GROUP for safe keeping and without a beneficiary.
All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the above mentioned sum and I will re-profile the funds with your data, which will enable the financial firm transfer the sum to you. I have decided to use this sum to relocate to the American continent. The processing of the transaction will take up to 10 days for a successful completion of the fund transfer to your bank account. Immediately the fund is transferred to your bank account, I will come over to your country for sharing of the sum as agreed.
The transaction has to be concluded as soon and as I confirm your readiness to proceed with me, I will provide you with details.
My best regards,
Mr. David Hind