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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Michael Morgan" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 31 May 2016 16:03:42 +0200
Subject: Can We work together on this? Please get back ASAP
I'm Michael Morgan, a lawyer by profession.I'll make my proposal simple and straight. I got your name and email on the professional site, "LinkedIn", while searching relatives of my late client. Well, this was all to no avail, so , I happen i decided to contact you to strike a business deal with me since you both share same surname and live in the same region of the world. My late client left behind some good Millions with nobody to Inherit,which is my reason for contacting you, if you can work with me to stand as his Next of Kin to claim left over funds and other Inheritances, rather than the bank keeping them to themselves if no body claim. Email me back for more details if interested, we can discuss about the ratio and way to go about it. This is a total risk free as I happen to be his lawyer and every backup towards the claim is accessible to make deal successful.
Look forward to hearing back if interested. If you're not sure of proceeding, Please don't bother emailing me back as this has to be sorted ASAP. Email me directly at: mglegalsolutions(at)cosmebag.co.uk