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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million 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 next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Ahmad Azzim <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2016 18:24:17 -0600
Subject: Business proposal
I am Mr. Ahmad Azzim, the Head of Accounting Audit Committee
department of CIMB Bank Berhad Malaysia. This is about a business
proposal that will be of an immense benefit for both of us.
In my department, I discovered an abandoned sum of $15.6 Million US
Dollars in an account that belongs to one of our late foreign customer
Mr Robert Lawton, an Australian businessman and who was one of the
victim of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370 / MAS370) which crashed
in the south of the Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014 on the way from
Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing Capital International
Airport killing all on board including his wife Mrs Lawton Catherine
Mr Robert Lawton and Mrs. Lawton Catherine are number 64/65 on the
list; see the link below manifest of the flight:
Since their death, our bank has been waiting for the next of kin to
come for the claim of their money and goods valued the sum of $15.6
Million US Dollars. But nobody has done so, I personally have failed
in the search for her relatives, I seek your consent to present you to
the bank as the next of kin of the deceased so that the proceeds of
this account valued at $15.6 Million US Dollars. Can be paid to you.
The deal will be divided in this ratio: 50% for me and 50% for you. I
have in my possession all the necessary and important documents that
can be used in this business. I need your honest Co-operation,
Confidentiality and Trust to enable us sees this transaction through.
I guarantee you 100% success in this business; you can be rest assured
that this transaction is executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law both here and in your
If you are handling this deal, kindly provide me with the following
details so that I could upload them here in our bank's database as the
rightful beneficiary to this fund:
1, your first full name:
2, your private telephone numbers (office and mobile)
3, private fax number:
4, your full address:
5, Your Age / Gender:
6, your job / profession:
7, Private / alternative e-mail address:
Having gone through a methodical search, I decided to contact you,
hoping that you will find this proposal interesting, please on your
confirmation of this message and indicating your interest I will
provide you with more information.
Please let me know your decision rather than keep me waiting. Note: Do
not forget that this business requires absolute secrecy and has to be
done as quickly as possible.
Mr. Ahmad Azzim