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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "with your full names" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "to your nominated bank account" (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)
- "million 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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: =?utf-8?Q?Michael=20F=2e=20Silva?= <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 05:54:38 +0800
Your Consent Needed
Michael F. Silva
Federal Reserve System
33 Liberty Street, New York,
NY 10045 New York, USA
Seeing this email message would be a surprise to you but kindly read it carefully and you will understand the reason why I am contacting you for this purpose.
However, this correspondence is unofficial and private and it should be treated as such.
I also guarantee you that this transaction is hitch free from all what you may think of. I am Michael F. Silva, Executive Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank, New York, and I am contacting you based on Trust and confidentiality that will be attached to this transaction.
The Management and the Legal department of our bank in a recent meeting recommended that the account of one of our deceased customer should be declared Dormant, confiscated and the depositor's fund sent to the Bank Treasury according to U.S.A Banking and financial law.
This person in question died on 28th June 2010 of cancer at the Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura,Florida. And the bank having made several efforts to contact any of his relatives to claim this money but without success decided to confiscate the fund and declare it public fund.
My Late client was an account holder in my branch; he owns a dollar account with a the sum of $56.7 million dollars deposited in a Secret account with my branch.
In fact, since his death, no next of kin of the account holder nor any relative of him has shown up for the claim of this fund, this is because he has the account as a secret account thus he left all the documents for the deposit with me as his account officer and financial advisory.
This is where I am interested. I want to bring you in as a relative of the deceased; I seek your consent to present you as the Next of kin of the deceased since you share the same last name and as nobody has come forward to lay claims to the proceeds of his accounts. I will give you the relevant documents and contacts to file the application and then I will effect the approvals for the transfer of the fund to your nominated bank account. I will be the one to provide the vital documents for the claims of the money and then advise you exactly how we should handle it.
Please include your telephone number when replying this mail so I can call to give you more information as soon as you indicate your willingness to assist in this transaction. The whole Procedures will last only 9 working days to get the fund retrieved successfully without trace even in future. After the transfer of the money to your nominated bank account, we shall share the money 60-40 by percentage. That is, I will have 60% while you will have 40%.
Kindly respond promptly so that I can advice you on what next to do. Please reply to my home email address: (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also send me an sms to my cell phone: +1646-776-5412 and I will send you a response. Quote Ref# PX512 with your Full names & Email when replying via sms.
I will be waiting to hear from you.
Michael F. Silva.
Federal Reserve Bank, New York.