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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.
- 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Gu Kailai" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:15:17 +0100
Subject: Business proposal Mrs. Gu Kailai the wife of Mr. Bo Xilai.
Thanks for your response. Here is a formal introduction of myself and proposal to you below.
I am Mrs. Gu Kailai the wife of Mr. Bo Xilai, one of China's most influential politicians until he was stripped of his office in 2012.
Read this link to have a better understanding: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gu_Kailai
I have decided to give out Donations to Charity, as the Government will not stop until they have completely destroyed my family. I do not intend to involve any member of my family, as I will not want the money traced to them. This is why I have decided to contact a complete stranger who believes in Charity to assist me give out the money to help the less privileged. I have decided to do this because if the deposit is not cleared within the next 3-4 months it will be declared unclaimed, and it will be returned to the Coffers of the Government. Will it not be better to have the funds given to Charity than have it Claimed by the Government?
If You will want to be part of this Charity Work, I will need You to follow up with all I will state on this email. Firstly, I have very limited access to the Internet, so I will want to be very straight and detailed about what is required of You. The Money in question is an amount I deposited with a Chinese but a Bank in United Kingdom, as at the time of deposit it was deposit as a profit made out of Crude Oil from me and my Business Partner . This Amount deposited is a total of £11.4 Million Pound. In my present state all of this is not of value anymore, I will rather prefer to have the Money used for Charity work than have it claimed by the Chinese Government.
Secondly, the True content of this Money is known by the two of us now. As I personally made the Deposit during one of my Trips to United Kingdom, I had the Intention of having the Money Invested in Real Estate in the United Kingdom before we had problems with the Government. This was a means by which I transferred funds out of China without a trace, and I can assure You that if You do not Claim this money it will be declared as Unclaimed and have it returned to the Chinese Government. This is what I am trying to avoid, and why I need You to Claim the Money instead.
I know You will be wondering how You can claim the Money, this is actually not an issue because when i was opening the account i made the bank to understand that the Next of Kin to the account is my business partner as all you need to do is to act/apply as the Next of Kin (Business Partner) to the Account. This is all You need to Lay Claim to the Money, You do not even need to Travel to the Office to Claim the Money as this might not be too safe for You. As a Beneficiary of the Money (by providing your name to the Bank) You will Order for the money to be transfer into your Private Bank Account in Your country, this is the normal practice and mode of Operation of the Bank. So it is completely safe and risk free, and the Money will be Transfer as a Claim from the Next of Kin.
This is what I would have done myself, if not for the problem myself and Family are now into. With my present situation I will only be able to give You the Name and Contacts of the Account Manager of the Bank that is in Charge in United Kingdom, when You Open Communication with the Account Manager as the Next of Kin by Stating your name and regarding yourself as my business partner You shall be inform by the Manager on how the transfer will be made.
I do hope You understand my Intentions, and why I decided to contact a complete stranger like You for this project. I believe after reading my above link, You will find a place in your heart to try to help with this last wish of mine.
If you intend to help me carryout this humanitarian project please reply via email@example.com God bless you
Mrs. Gu Kailai