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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "huge deposit" (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)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "chambers" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Donald Chika <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:07:16 +0800
Subject: Your Assistance Is Needed
I saw your contact email from Nigerian Chambers Of Commerce and decided
to contact you after much prayers and consideration since I cannot be
able to see you face to face for now, at first I strongly believed that
any information received from the Chambers Of Commerce Office is correct
and must be relied on.How are you today? I know that this mail may come
to you almost a surprise as we never met before, but before you proceed
reading this mail, I want you to settle your mind and read with good
understanding of the situation, this is true and not a joke. However,I
am Barrister Donald Chika, Attorney to the late Engr. Steve Moore, a
national of Northern American, who used to work with Shell Petroleum
Development Company (SPDC) in Nigeria, on the 11th of August, 2004. My
client, his wife and their three children were involved in a car
accident along Sagamu /Lagos Express Road.
Unfortunately they all lost their lives in the event of the accident,
since then I have made several inquiries to several Embassies to locate
any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved
unsuccessful.After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to
trace his relatives over the Internet to locate any member of his family
but to no avail, hence I contacted you, I contacted you to assist in
repatriating the money and property left behind by my client, I can
easily convince the bank with my legal practice that you are the only
surviving relation of my client, otherwise the Estate he left behind
will be confiscated or declared not serviceable by the bank where this
huge deposits were lodged. Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had
an account valued at about $15 million U.S dollars (Fifteen million U.S.
America dollars), Consequently, the bank issued me a notice to provide
the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten
official working days.Since I have been unsuccessful
All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal
through and also forward the following to me so that I can file an
application of claim in your name to the bank immediately:
1, Your Full Names:
2, House Address:
3, Your Country:
4, Your Contact Telephone Number:
5, Your Age and Gender:
6, Your Occupation:
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please reply to only
this e-mail address : email@example.com
Barrister Donald Chika.