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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:
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- 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 (Hotmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Dr McFadden <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:54:28 +0200 (CEST)
I am Dr. Mcfadden Philip Senior Account officer to great late deceased who has an account in one of the top banks here in Lloyd's Bank . The account was opened in 2000 and he died in 2005 without a written or oral WILL and since 2005 nobody has operated on this account again hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing and Govt. of England will confiscate the funds for their personal use which I personally don't want such incident to happen being that this is a great opportunity for me, My contact is for you to please assist me to transfer the funds amounting $42,759.000.00- [ Forty Two Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Nine Thousand United State Dollars] to any safe account with your assistance. I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since I have every possibility & the advantages for the proceeds of this account to be paid to you and then both of us can share the money, 55% to me and 45% to you. Can I trust "YOU" on this?
I sort for international clients that are capable to stand with me for this claim. please do email me as soon as possible for details about this business development <email@example.com >.
I Sincerely hope to hear a reply from you.
God Bless you,Dr. Mcfadden Philip.