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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)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Havin Bank London" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 17 May 2017 16:23:43 -0700
Subject: Bank Attention
I Am Mr.Abubaka Bin Aqueeda Al Muhairi Managing Director of Havin Bank London.I write you this proposal in good faith hoping that I will rely on you in a business transaction that require absolute confidentiality and of great interest and benefit to our both families. In 2007, A Citizen of your country whose surname is same as yours and has your country in his file as his place of origin, made a fixed deposit for 36 months, valued at US$26,700,000.00 (Twenty Six Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States dollars only)
I was his account officer before I rose to the position of Managing Director Havin Bank UK. The maturity date for this deposit contract was 18th of September 2010.Sadly Mr.Husson was among the death victims in the September 2009 earthquake in Indonesia that left over 1,200 people dead while he was there on business trip. Since the last quarter of 2010 until
today, the management of my bank has been finding means to reach him so as ascertain if he will roll over the Deposit or have the contract sum withdrawn.
When I discovered that this will happen, I have tried to think up a procedure to preserve this fund and use the proceeds for business. Some directors here have been trying to find out from me the information about this account and the owner, but I have kept it closed because, I know that
if they become aware that Husson is late, they will corner the funds for themselves.
Therefore, am seeking your co-operation to present you as the one to benefit from his fund at his death since you have the same name, so that my bank headquarters will pay the funds into your bank account. I have done enough inside bank arrangement and you only have to put in your details into the information network in the bank computers and document
and reflect you as his next of kin beneficiary.
If you concur with this proposal, I intend for you to retain 50% of the funds while 50% shall be for me.Kindly forward your response to my email below.
I will be waiting to hear from you as soon as possible. Thanks Regards,
Mr.Abubaka Bin Aqueeda Al Muhairi