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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:
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "utmost confidentiality" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: M R HERNANDEZ <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:06:35 +0100
Subject: RE; INVESTMENT DETAILS YOU NEED TO KNOW
I am Michael R. Hernandez, Investment Lawyer and Former EVP, Mossack Fonseca Investment/Financial Corporation, Panama. I was the Executive Vice President Mossack Fonseca Corporation and I left the Corporation in December 2015 and currently I am with the World Bank, International Funds Monitoring Dept, Washington DC.
During my work years at Mossack Fonseca Corporation, I was the EVP International Investments and Investments Funds Payments that handles the Corporation's numerous foreign secret investments. During my period at Mossack Fonseca, I personally handled and supervised one of the Corporation's numerous Investors who invested multi millions US Dollars through Mossack Fonseca Corporation in Offshore Investments, Real Estates and Stocks in the United States, South America and Europe. The foreign investor has long died since 2006 in the Caribbean Island of Martinique while on holiday but the invested fund is still yet unpaid till date as confirmed. The details of the investment has ever been kept secret due to the nature and agreement between the investor and Mossack Fonseca Corporation. I have the entire investment documents, papers details of this transaction being that I supervised the Investment for the deceased investor.
The details of the investment specified your name and details as the the Next of Kin/Heir to the Investment fund. This the deceased Investor specified on the Investor's Personal Data Form which I have a copy. The fund is ready for payment tp you as the next of kin/heir to the fund. I need you to Partner with me while I present you to the Corporation as the Next of Kin entitled to the fund to enable us successfully claim the fund because the Investment Fund is now due for payment and can only be released or paid to the Next of Kin/Heir to the fund which is you. The fund currently is at Two of the Corporation's bank accounts in USA and and Switzerland. The fund is ready for payment as the investment period of 10 Year according to the agreement has expired since 2014 and the fund due for payment. The Investment has a 10% Annual Returns On Investment for the period of 10 n.Years. I shall give you further details about the fund immediately I get your reply confirming your readiness to Partner with me to claim this fund. I have all legal documents of the Investment which will enable us claim the fund successfully without hitch or delay. All I need is your Partnership, Cooperation and utmost Confidentiality.
I have all copies of the Original investment papers and documents with me. This is because the investor was to receive and take possession of all Original the investment documents once She is back from a vacation at the Caribbean Island of Martinique but unfortunately She died while on vacation and all the documents have ever been with me all these years. These documents I shall send to you as you reconfirm your readiness to partner with me in this transaction. I will appreciate your partnership to enable us receive this fund because the Original investor was single at the time of the investment and has long died and all Original investment papers still remains with me. With these documents, claiming the fund will be very easy because all investment papers, investments pass codes and investment secret codes are all with me which makes it very easy for us to claim the fund successfully.
However you can read more about Mossack Fonseca and how they assist the Big, the Mighty and the Wealthy Class to secretly invest their funds without notice; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Papers
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Michael R. Hernandez
Investment Lawyer and Former EVP,
Mossack Fonseca Corporation