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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:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Williams Dawson" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2017 23:06:41 +0100
Subject: Dear Beneficiary
I am Mr. Williams Dawson from United Kingdom a financial consultant to some statesmen here whom have personal and confidential investment needs overseas.
The proposal at hand is very serious and your choice is rather divine.
Secondly, what counted for you is your name ,personality and integrity because I know you would not want to destroy the personality you have worked hard over the years to build. This transaction involves a fortune,so you can understand my concern. This is why you have to personally oversee and practically handle all procedures except otherwise for reasons beyond your control.
Like I did mentioned earlier,the main player in this concern is my very adorable Godfather who also wants his name and integrity protected because he has done all that to become a man and has watched and waited patiently for decades for this opportunity until such a time as this,when he is very sure and convinced that he or we can fish in a safe water.
To be direct and straight to the point, the money in question is about Two Hundred and Thirty Million British Pound Sterling's (GBP230.000.000) being part of Late Billionaire Howard Hughes fortune. Find below this link for your confirmation and perusal :http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/09/happened-howard-hughes-money-died/
This site will further educate you on the origin and the life story of the owner of this money.
This fund deposit has been there for ages undiscovered and my Godfather has watched and monitored and kept this fund safe as part of his retirement plan. Now for him to be able to claim and use this money without question, he needs this fund out UK and invest it in a far away country from Europe. All modalities are already in place for easy and safe execution. What is important to its success is total commitment from both parties
Further directives will be received from my Godfather and that is only when you have given your positive word of commitment.
Till I hear from you,stay blessed and good luck.
My kind regard,
Mr. Williams Dawson