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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:
- "might come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Ms.Kara Daniel" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Ms.Kara Daniel" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:44:40 +0900 (JST)
Subject: My Request
Hello Dear, itâs my intention to contact you, please reply now, my name is Ms.Kara Daniel, am the only child of my late parents. I pray that my decision to contact you will be given favorable response, am writing to seek for your partnership and assistance to stand on my behalf to intercede and guard me to retrieve my inheritance funds to your bank account for investments over there in your country.
My late father was poisoned to death by unknown person. In my culture, when a man dies, if he does not have a male child, the brothers share his properties leaving the wife and the daughters empty handed. This is the exact case with me now, as Iâ am only daughter of my late parent. I lost my mother when I was barely a year old and my father refused to re-marry another wife despite all persuasion by friends and relatives, because he felt solely responsible for my mother's death, as he only concentrated on his business that he rarely pays attention to domestic/family affairs.
My late father was taking good care of me as only child when he was alive .It was as a result of that he made me the next of kin to the fund he deposit with the bank and stated that in any eventuality, I should have a direct access to the funds only when I am 25 years of age otherwise, I should have a guardian/partner to intercede on my behalf for the release of the funds to me. Unfortunately, he died when I am only 20 years of age. that is why I have contact you to stand and intercede on my behalf for bank to release and transfer this fund to your bank account so that you can Â investments the fund in any lucrative business while I locate over there to continue my studies.
This request might come to you as a surprise since there was no previews correspondence between us, my contact Â to you is based on trust and youâre outstanding and I have no doubt about your goodwill to intercede on my behalf for the releasing of this fund to your bank account. I am willing to compensate 20% for your efforts once the fund gets into your bank account.
I donât want people to take over advantage of me that is why I decided to written you for the first place to seek for youâre trustworthy and your concern to stand and Â intercede to retrieve the fund Â to your bank account on my behalf,
I will not hesitate to disclose to you more details once you are ready to signify your interest and your wiliness to assist me. Please Endeavour to let me know your decision.