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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:
- "hundred thousand great british pounds" (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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Mr John Edward<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2016 06:48:47 -0700
Subject: Mr John Edward (Pls Do Not Ignore)
Good day ,
Complement of the season, I how are you doing today? I got your email conta=
ct from your country business directory and decided to contact you regardin=
g this business proposal. I am Mr. James l. Amine of Investment Banking Dep=
artment of Credit Suisse Bank, One Cabot Square, London E14 4QJ, United Kin=
gdom. I am contacting you as regards to a business proposal that will be of=
an immense benefit to both of us.
In my department, I discovered an abandoned sum of =A317.5 Million GBP (Sev=
enteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling) in an a=
ccount that belongs to one of our foreign customer late Mr. Nikolai Brodski=
i, a international Russian-Jewish businessman who was a victim of the Malay=
sia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370) that crashed on the south of Indian =
Ocean on 8th March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur international airport to=
Beijing capital international airport killing everybody on board.
View the Below link for the flight manifest :
Mr. Nikolai Brodskii is number 7 on the list, Since her death our Bank has =
been waiting for the next of kin to come up for the claim of his funds and =
estates valued the sum of =A317.5 Million GBP but nobody has done so, I per=
sonally has been unsuccessful in locating any of his relatives. I seek your=
consent to present you to the Bank as the next of kin to the deceased so t=
hat the proceeds of this account valued at =A317.5 Million GBP can be paid =
The deal will be shared in this ratio: 55% to me and 45% to you. I have in =
my possession all necessary and vital documents that can be used in this de=
al. I need your honest co-operation, confidentiality and trust to enable us=
see this transaction through. I guarantee you of 100% success in this deal=
, Please be rest assured that this deal will be executed under a legitimate=
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law both here in =
UK and in your country.
If you are capable of handling this deal, kindly get back to me with the fo=
llowing details to enable us proceed:
1. Your full name :
2. Telephone number:
3. Contact address:
7. Your nationality:
Having gone through a methodical search, I decided to contact you hoping th=
at you will find this proposal interesting, Please on your confirmation of =
this message and indicating your interest, I will furnish you with more inf=
Your assent to this e-mail and business proposal will be highly appreciated=
Please kindly contact me with my private email: email@example.com
Mr. John Edward