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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:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: "Barrister Frank Mlejnek" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 23:35:06 -0500
Subject: Best Regards.
I am officially sending you this e-mail in order to be aware of the good news concerning your overdue funds, a meeting was held with the General Director of Interpol and some other top officials in the United Kingdom in regards to the online internet scam from Africa, Europe, and America. In conclusion of this meeting, I was ordered by the Interpol for special investigations.
After a brief investigation, I notice that your funds is still in the Federal Suspense Account" of Royal Bank. You have been dealing with the wrong set of people and they are not from the right source, they are only using you to make money for their own selfish interest.
You need to understand that my coming down here is because of your ongoing transaction and I have to accomplish the transfer before returning back to the United Kingdom, all legal documentations in other for the release of your funds is intact, what is required right away is your cooperation and i also want you to cease every further communications with any other person just to avoid been mislead.
Don't be deceived by anyone for your total funds is amounting to $15,000,000.00 United States Dollars Only) it was written inside the recorded file.I have forwarded every necessary documents to the Bank for confirmation and they are working towards it. meanwhile I will suggest you reconfirm the below information's in other to update you with good news regarding your overdue payments.
Upon the receipt of this information, I shall email you or place a call on you on how to communicate with me and I will always keep you posted with good news.
Barrister Frank Mlejnek