fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
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:
- "top secret" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- 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 (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- if you are interested, please contact me via this e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org upon your response i shall then (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: PAYMENT OFFICE <email@example.com>
Date: 29 Sep 2017 20:21:57 +0200
Subject: YOU ARE THE NEXT OF KIN
Spain:- Spanair Flight 5022 (JK5022) was a scheduled domestic
passenger flight from Barcelona El Prat Airport to Gran Canaria
Airport via Madrid Barajas Airport did crashed just after
take-off from runway, August 20, 2008.
I am a banker with one the leading bank in Spain names withheld
for security reason. Am personal account officer to Mr Mrotzek
Gerd a German expatriate engineer.
Firstly I must solicit your confidence in this proposal; this is
by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential, urgent and
top secret. A deceased client of my bank (Mr Mrotzek Gerd) a
German citizen who has lived in this country Spain for many years
with his wife and the only son were among the 154 killed in the
August 20th 2008 Span air flight JK 5022 Madrid â Las Palmas
accident on their way to Las Palmas for a short holidays, leaving
behind a deposit account valued about â¬15.8 million Euros with my
bank.My late client was an expatriate engineer; he has worked in
and outside Spain for more than Thirty Five years. May their
souls rest in peace.
My purpose of contacting you is for you to help secure this fund
he left behind, to avoid it being confiscated by the Spanish
Government as unclaimed funds. This â¬22.8M Euros was from the
result of his hard working and the inheritance he got from his
late parents. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude
will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you
that you have nothing to worry about everything is under control,
at the end of the day we will smile.My Bank has issued a notice
to contact his relatives since his next of kin to the account
was his only son who was among 154 killed in the August 20th
2008 Spanair flight JK 5022 Madrid â Las Palmas accident.
By August 31st 2018 if nobody comes to claim these funds as a
relative to my late client his account will be declared
unserviceable and the fund diverted to the Bank treasury or sent
to Spanish Government as unclaimed fund. So far, all my efforts
to get hold of someone related to him have proved abortive. And
the bank can not release the fund unless someone applies for it
as a relative to the deceased, as indicated in the banking
Hence, I have contacted you. I am actually asking for your
consent to present your information to an Attorney who will
present you to the Bank as his relative, so that the proceeds of
his account can be paid to you.
Why am seeking someone outside Spain is to make the process more
easy and for everything to be done through and by a lawyer.
All the legal documentations to back up this claim shall be
provided. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us
achieve this transaction. Is it not better for us to have this
money than for the Bank or the Government to have it as unclaimed
I wish to point out that 5% of this money to be shared among
charity Organizations, while 90% will be shared equally between
us and the remaining 5% will be for reimbursement of any expenses
made in the process, like payment of the Attorney.
This transaction is entirely risk free. I will use my position as
the personal account officer to my late client to get all the
information from his file to support this claim and to guarantee
the successful execution of this transaction.
If you are interested, please contact me via this E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com upon your response I shall
then provide you with more details, my name and my contact phone
and fax numbers.
If this proposal offends your moral ethics, please do accept my
sincere apology, if on the contrary you wish to take this
opportunity with me to change and transform our lives and that of
our family, as is says that opportunity comes but once, this
opportunity is of a life time opportunity, kindly get back to me
with your interest for further explanations. If you have any
question or questions feel free to ask me.
Also be kind to let me know if you are not interested so that I
can further my search to find someone who will take this
opportunity with me.