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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)
- "from the desk of" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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: "Dave Falconer" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:10:56 +0300
Subject: Your Urgent Attention Is Needed.Please Don't Ignore!
>From The Desk of Dave Falconer
Allied Irish Bank (GB)
My Dear Friend, I apologize for sending you this sensitive information
via e-mail Instead of a Certified/Post-mail.I got your e- mail address through
commerce directory while searching for a reliable and reputable person
handle this transaction.
I am a senior manager account/audit in Allied Irish Bank(London). I am
writing following an opportunity in my office that will be of immense
benefit to both of us. In my department, we discovered an abandoned
sum of Â£10.5 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand Pounds Only) in an
account that belongs to one of our foreign customers who unfortunately
lost his life in an auto crash on his way to the airport.And ever
since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his
next of kin or relatives to come forward to claim his money because we
cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as Next of kin or
relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guideline.
Unfortunately, I discovered that his supposed next of kin, being his
Only daughter and wife died along with him in the auto crash leaving
nobody with the knowledge of this funds behind for claim. It is
Therefore upon this discovery that I and his account manager decided
to do business with you and release the money to you as his next of
kin or beneficiary of the funds for safe keeping and subsequent
disbursement since nobody is coming for it, and we don't want the
money to go to Government treasury account as unclaimed funds. The
banking law and guidelines here stipulates that if such money remain
unclaimed after seven years will be transferred into banking treasury
account as unclaimed funds.
We agreed that 40% of this money would be for you as foreign partner,
while the balance will be for my colleagues and i. I will visit your
country for disbursement according to the percentage indicated above
once the money gets into your account.Please be honest with me.
However, if this business proposal offends your moral ethics, do
accept my sincere apology. If on the contrary you wish to achieve this
goal with me,please kindly provide the
1. Your Full name.
2: Your private telephone and Fax numbers.
3. Occupations and Nationality.
4. Date of Birth.
5. Present Location.
Note: this transaction is confidential and risk free. Please note that
all the necessary arrangement for the smooth release of these funds to
you will be finalized as soon as you indicate your role in this
transaction. We will discuss more in details when I receive your
response, please contact me through my private E-mail address
Mr. Dave Falconer.