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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 next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Mr.Justin Alman <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:49:33 +0530
Subject: Re:Urgent Need.
My name is Mr.Justin Alman.I am an attorney.I am contacting you to ask for your assistance and co-operation to help me claim on behalf of my late client you share the same last name with who died without a will as his next of kin,the sum of $7.8 Million United State he deposited in a bank as his next of kin.Since you share the same last name with him.
I will give you 40% of the total sum for your assistance and co-operation.
I assure you that everything will be legally arranged and executed that there will be no problem for you in the transaction.