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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "the consignment" (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)
- "trunk box" (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)
- "consignment " (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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- 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:
From: "MORINO LEE" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:12:00 -0800
Subject: (DEAR FRIEND) HERE IS PROFITABLE BUSINESS TRANSACTION.
I am Morino Lee, a Solicitor at Law in Madrid Spain. The
nature of my services covers individuals,corporate bodies
and institutions. I also represent Government Departments as
an External Solicitor.
Prior to my explaining further, I must first make an apology
for this unsolicited mail to you. I am conscious that this
is certainly not a predictable way of approach to foster a
relationship of trust but it is because of the circumstances
and urgency required in this claim.
Meanwhile I got your contact through your countries public
record while searching for a last name that tally?s with my
late client,s name whence I decided to contact you for a
business that will be beneficial to both of us at the end of
I am the personal attorney to late Mr Williams Margales, a
business magnate who worked with an indigenous company here
in Spain. Mr Williams Margales died on July 25,2006 in a
plane crash along with his wife(Maryln)and
Before the catastrophe, He deposited One Trunk
Box/Diplomatic Personal Treasure, containing the sum of
(?17,500,000.00) (SEVENTEEN MILLION,FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND
EUROS ONLY) with a private Security Company here in Spain,
for security and personal reasons he did not disclose the
exact content of the deposited diplomatic box to the SAFE
As the personal attorney/trustee to my late client, the
security company has mandated me to present a member of his
family (heir/inheritor) to make Claims or the vault will be
confiscated and taken to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security
After every exhaustive efforts of search for a direct family
member of my late client proves abortive, I have been given
another ultimatum to look for any of his business
associate/partner to come for the claim of this
consignment/trunk box or have the Vault liquidated and made
unserviceable in accordance with existing laws.
Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will
like to present you as my late client`s next of kin/business
I know you may not in anyway related to what we are talking
about but having having in possession of every document
related to this deposit coupled with the modalities I have
in place, be rest assured that if you follow my instruction
and directives strictly (The rule of laws) and capitalizing
of some judicial loop holes, the vault will be release to
us. Mind you that this transaction is 100% risk free, there
is no atom of risk connected to this because I have worked
out all modalities to complete the operation effectively.
Once the consignment (vault) is released to you, we shall
divide the content in the ratio of 50/ 50% .Note, all legal
documents to back up your claim as my client's business
partner will be provided by me. I will be obliged to give
you further information you may need to know as soon as i
receive a positive response from you. Feel free to contact
me through my Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be kind to get back to me even when you are not
willing to collaborate with me so that I can further my
search for another partner.
I wait to hear from you.