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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 Gajinder Singh. LLB, QC"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:59:37 -0700
Dear In Christ,
I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message to you. God is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Based on this scripture, it became obvious that I should do the right thing if I must enter into the kingdom of God. I am Gajinder Singh the legal adviser to late ABdul Rakim, He was killed during the last London Bomb attacks.
Before his death, Mr. Malik ABdul Rakim Hassan made a Fixed Deposit with a vault bank for Six months, (being Last Month) valued at US$60,000,000.00, (Sixty Million, Dollars) According to Mr. Malik Abdul Rakim Hassan,the fund was for donation to Muslim converts in Pakistan to do the work of God since he just converted to Christinity Before his untimely death. Mr. Malik ABdul Rakim Hassan did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official documents.
According to the WILL, his assets should be given out to a ministry for the work of God. As his legal adviser, all the documents for the fund that are deposited with the Vault Company are in my care. As aborn again Christian, I have been reading my bible and I have to do what is lawful and right in the sight of God by giving out the fund to the Chosen ministry for the purpose of God's work as instructed by the owners before there death. After my fasting and prayers Today, I asked God to make his choice and direct me to a honest Christian or the chosen ministry that deserves this fund by his Grace. I then came across your address on the Internet. I pray that God will give us the wisdom of King Solomon to use these funds for things that will glorify the name of God.
May God bless you as you make up your mind to work for God? Do get back to me with your complete particulars so that we can proceed in holiness. Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you real soon.
Barrister Gajinder Singh. LLB, QC
Solicitor $ Advocate.
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