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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:
- "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)
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "cotonou" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: "Barr.Kam Frankson" <"www."@pony.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "Barr.Kam Frankson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 26 May 2017 01:07:37 +0900 (JST)
My name is Barr.Kam Frankson, I am a citizen of Republic of Benin in West African region. I am writing for the following opportunity in my office that will be of immense benefit to both of us. I am the personal attorney to late Mr.Daniel Dawson from Belgium who was a senior staff of RCC construction company, he died on November 17 2009
in auto crash.
My client had an account with BANK here in Cotonou Benin valued at $12.7M USD (Twelve million seven hundred thousand united states dollars)I made several inquiries to locate any of my clients extended relatives in Belgium since after his death, All my efforts to locate any of his relatives proved unsuccessful.
Recently, the bank has issued me a notice to provide his next of kin who will claim his funds or have his account confiscated and divert the funds to federal Reserve bank,so,I want to present you as his next
of kin for the claims. Get back to me through this my email
Barr.Kam Frankson (esq).