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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.
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Ms. Liza Wong" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:10:25 +0800
Subject: RE: My Proposal....
Thank you very much for your urgent response to to me
I am Ms. Liza Wong the Head of Accounting Audit Department of HSBC BANK (HSBC)in Malaysia.
In my department in the Bank where i work, I discovered a sum of $85.5 Million USD In an account that belongs to one of our foreign deceased customers, a billionaire Business Mogul Late Mr.Moises Saba Masri, a Jew from
Mexico who was a victim of a helicopter crash since 2010 which resulting to his death and his family members.
You can see more information about Saba Masri Mr.Moises unfortunate end accident
on the website-link below.
Now our bank has been waiting for any of the relatives to come forth for the
claim but nobody has done that SINCE 2010. I personally have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives,Which the Board of
Directors are planning to share this funds among them-self.
Which i have good heart to use this funds to help the poor and the motherless
home. I seek your consent as my foreign business partner in this transaction to present you as the next of kin/Beneficiary to the deseased, so that the funds of this account valued at $85.5 Million usd can be paid to your local bank account in your country. Also this transaction is 100% free risk, because i have all the legal document with me to make this transaction possible, and the funds we be share 50/50
I want to use part of my funds to help orphanage and motherless child home And i dont know about you.
Do Provide me the following few information about you, as we have few days to run it through.
1, Your Full names:.............................
2, Your age:..........................
3, Your private phone number:...............
4, Your current country and residential address:........
5, Your Occupation:.....................
Please on your confirmation of this message and indicating your interest,
i will furnish you with more information on this business transaction once i get your respond back asap.
Ms. Liza Wong