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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 friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Solicitor James Chang" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2017 22:36:13 +0300
Subject: Dear Beneficiary
SOLICITOR JAMES CHANG
I have picked up the trust and courage to write you this letter with divine confidence that you are a reliable and honest person, who will be capable for this important and confidential transaction which I have for you, believing also that you will never let me down either now or in the future.
I was in Singapore on a seminar and I got your information from a trade consultant there in Singapore, though I did not disclose the purpose of my seeking for a foreign partner to him. Unfortunately, I had to leave Singapore due to urgent appointment back home ; this was the reason why I decided to write you this letter immediately I arrived home to my country .
My name is James Chang Solicitor at Law and the personal Attorney/Sole Executor to the late Yue Guiju, hereinafter referred to as my client; an industrialist, who worked as an Oil and Gas Merchant,She lost her life returning from her business trip to China from Malaysia in the Malaysian Airline MH370 in 8th of March 2014. May her soul rest in peace. You can visit this site: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/names-faces-aboard-Malaysia-airlines-flight-370-article-1.1739217#ixzz2xoJHtq8s for your review,
There is an account opened with China Merchant Bank by my client in 2012 and no family member knows about this account or anything concerning it.In 2013, Ms.Yue Guiju summoned me to her office to commence her WILL process due to the fact that she has no husband nor children. She eventually died few months , leaving the WILL uncompleted. The family does not know about this personal deposit of US$15.5 Million (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) as it is not listed on the WILL, and all the family focus, is in her Oil/Gas business and other banks where she made some deposit.
I want to present you as her trustee/business partner who according to her, should inherit/investment the sum of US$15.5 Million (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which she secretly deposited with China Merchants Bank and hand over the deposit certificate to me for safe keep, which was not listed on the WILL so that both of us can share the fund once transferred into your account. I want us to do this now because the WILL has been presented to her family and all the properties was happily shared by the listed beneficiaries.
You shall be entitled to 45% of the total sum, while I will take 50% and 5% is to pay back expenses . All necessary precautions have been taken to ensure 100% risk free situation on the side of both parties.
I will approach the Court to secure the vital documents that will make you the beneficiary of the fund to enable us claim it from the bank where the fund is deposited.
My question is, can we work together? IF YES
Kindly get back to me via my Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your detail information.
Solicitor James Chang
Attorney at law