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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 united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "MR.GEORGE HUI MELFORD" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 20:32:59 +0400
Subject: REQUEST FOR URGENT ASSISTANCE
MR. GEORGE HUI MELFORD
MADRID SPAINDIRECTOR AUDITING ACCOUNTING
(Banco Ibercaja Madrid Spain)
Good Day, this message Might put you in utmost Surprise however the; IT's just My Urgent need for Partner Assistance That Made me to contact you for this transaction. I am A Banker by Profession working with Banco Ibercaja Madrid Spain in Europe and I am Currently Holding Post of Director Auditing and Accounting unit of the bank. I have the Opportunity Fund of Transferring The Sum of US$ 15.5 million (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) Under Our Bank, Which Our late customer deposited With us, Mr. Aaron Joel Fernandez That was involved an Air India Express, Boeing 737-800 Arriving from Dubai crashed Saturday 22nd May 2010 as it overshot a runway while trying to Land in southern India.
Please you can Visit the Website below for Confirmation: http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article435569.ecehttp://www.airsafe.com/plane-crash/air-india-express-flight-812-boeing-737-mangalore-india.htm I will like to move these fund across to you for business investment, please have it in mind that nothing will want wrong on these transaction I have all the vital document in my position, so I am inviting you for a business offer where this money can be shared between us in the ratio of 60/40 as a partner.
If you agree to my business proposal, further details of the transfer will be forwarded to you on How you can apply for the claim of fund in our bank as the Next Of Kin To The Deceases, as soon as I receive your return mail.
MR.GEORGE HUI MELFORD