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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:
- "dear brother " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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: "Mr. Edward Kong" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 10:26:22 +0530
Subject: LETTER OF PROPOSITION IN RESPECT TO AN UNCLAIMED FUND IN MY BANK
Mr. Edward Kong
The Bank of East Asia (USA) NA
39-02 Main Street,
Flushing, NY 11354, USA
LETTER OF PROPOSITION IN RESPECT TO AN UNCLAIMED FUND IN MY BANK
I am Mr. Edward Kong, the Vice President and Branch Manager of The Bank of East Asia (USA), Flushing Branch Flushing New York, USA. I write to seek your
consent to carry out a transaction that would be highly beneficial to you and me. I know you may be wondering why I am contacting you for this despite all
the friends and relations that I have but I decided to do this with an unknown person to avoid any form of blackmail in the future.
Mr. Alvin Peter Kappelmann Jr was an account holder with my bank. I have been his account officer for 15 years before his death. He died during the World
Trade Centre bombing in September 11 2001. Please confirm from this site:
Since his death, the management of my bank has made series of efforts to locate his family but all efforts were proved abortive. I also carried out series of
research to find his family but it was confirmed that the mother who was the only surviving member of the family died at the hearing of the sons death. He
was already divorced before his death and due to this fact; no one was able to claim the fund he deposited in my bank legally because there was no will to
it. He had a secret dollar account with my bank with an interest agreement of 6.7% which have been for the past years.
My purpose of contacting you now is this:
My bank during the last executive board meeting resolved that if by the end of this Month and there is no beneficiary to the said account, the account will
be confiscated and the fund sent to the bank treasury and this is where I am interested in and wants you to come in:
I want you to come in as the Business Partner/Beneficiary to this account. We we source all the titled documents to back your claim and as the Vice President
and Manager of this branch, it is in my power to carry out any form of verification on the beneficiary of the said fund and process the fund wire without any
problem. I want you to know that this is legal and 100% risk free as all the titled documents would be changed to your name and the fund wired to any bank
account you wish to have it wired to.
Kindly get back to me immediately so that I advice you on how this would be carried out. Reply; email@example.com
Mr. Edward Kong