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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "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)
- "cheque " (Beware of any scheme that involves cashing checks or money orders and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere - you'll be liable for the entire amount if the checks or money orders turn out to be fake, even after you have received and forwarded cash. If it's a lottery prize, remember that real lotteries do not pay large prizes by check. They wire the money directly to your bank account and you do not pay for that. Many scammers promise a large check only in order to then demand payment of courier fees for a fake courier service. )
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. David Jeffrey" <admintb@KPRU.ac.th>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:53:35 +0200
Subject: Fw:Confidential Offer
First I must sincerely apologizing intruding into your privacy with my email I believe what Im about telling you will interest you and together with solidified mutual interest we can achieve a worth doing goal, My name is David Jeffrey I work with Star Credit Union here in USA; I am contacting you to know if you can make a deal with me, I have at my disposal an unclaimed funds of three million seven hundred thousand united states dollars only (3,700,000.00$) in our bank. Of one late contractor Curtis who I happen to be his account officer.
Who made a certain supply of petroleum equipment to One Bascon Corporation, a multi-national oil corporation operating from Norway. The payment has been processed and the cheque has been paid into his account but the Bank is finding it difficult to get in touch with him not until the 22 July 2011 my client Mr. Curtis was involved in Anders Behring Breivik the Norwegian terrorist and the perpetrator of the 2011 Norway attacks unfortunately lost his life after the incident due to injuries he sustained in the bombing, since then I have made several inquiries to locate any of my client extended relatives but this has proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name to locate any of his relatives hence I have contacted you to assist in claiming the funds valued at 3,700,000.00 $ left behind by my client before it gets confiscated or declared nu-serviceable by the bank . Never the less the deal between you and I now is that, I will present you as the next of kin and send your information to the automated clearing house department for legal approval documents to enable you claim these funds and the funds gets credited to any designated account of your choice.
Actually I don't have to involve myself officially because of my job, but I know what is required to get this funds released to you. Without taking much of your time, I will advise that you get in touch with me for more details. On my personal email: email@example.com All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. And if you for any reason have any doubt about this you can visit this site for benefit of doubt as regards to what I'm talking about here : http://www.ibtimes.com/anders-behring-breivik-massacre-victims-named-list-photos-839577 and if you are not willing and interested in handling this with me kindly delete this e-mail from your computer and pretend you never got it.
Mr. David Jeffrey