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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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Ichrak Mahmoud Saffaf" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:59:25 -0700
I am Mrs.Ichrak Mahmoud Saffaf with passport number 0047894842, born on 05/05/1959 in Hama Syria. I work with the CHARTED NATIONAL BANK here in Hama Syria. I wish to introduce you to a life changing deal, please pay attention to this. Shortly after i was transferred here in this brance as administrative manger, i discovered an abandoned and as well domant account with a wopping sum $36.4m USD belonging to one Feras Alhussami Bachar with passport number 008141344, from Homs Syria who was killed along side his family members some time in 2015. After thorough investigation about this account, i found out that the beneficiary to this account was also dead. So, in order to completely secure the money i made an arrangement with our affliate bank in Cambodia and transfer the money to an ESCROW account without any beneficiary details.
I have decided to contact you after the bank ask me to provide the beneficiary or the owner of the fund that it has stayed more than the period allowed for such account according to their banking policy OR the would put it in the bank treasury. All i will be needing from you is for you to stand as the beneficiary to the fund. I am willing share the money with you on 40%/60% ratio if you can give me your maximum cooperation.
However, i assure you that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law both in your country and Cambodia once the fund is transferred to your bank account. For the bank use, i will need the informations below.
6) Occupation Status:
7) Valid Gov't issured ID.
Waiting for your reply soon.
Mrs. Ichrak Mahmoud Saffaf