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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:
- "death certificate" (this phrase is often used in inheritance scams such as next of kin or http://www.419scam.org/419-murdered-businessman.htm">orphan 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)
- "00,000.00" (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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Ahanhanzo" <"www."@view.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "Mr. Ahanhanzo" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2017 19:03:56 +0900 (JST)
Subject: ATTN: BENEFICIARY
I Mr. Maurice Ahanhanzo, an Attorney & Associates to my late client here in Benin Republic Ms. MARIA. Who died by Cancer of the lungs. I am contacting you based just to review the sum of money which was left unclaimed by my Client. My client who died as a result of Cancer of the lungs and she had a deposit of $3,800,000.00 (THREE MILLION, EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) with bank Of Africa here in Benin Republic which was meant to purchase goods before her death.
She has a Deposit Certificate, Insurance Certificate and Death Certificate to this fund. But as her lawyer, I need a prove of Direct phone number and ID card to forward all the documents to you. As her lawyer to my late client, the bank has mandated me to present a member of her family heir/inheritor) to make Claims or the deposited fund will be confiscated and taken to the Bureau of bank Security as unclaimed.
After preliminary efforts of search for a direct family member which came to no avail, I was given an ultimatum to look for some relative to come for the claim or have the fund liquidated in accordance with existing laws.
In accordance with the law of inheritance here, it is clearly stated that whereas the deceased died without any child or the immediate biological family are no longer alive, such as in this situation, any of the deceased extended relative stands to inherit whatever property or money left by the deceased.
It is on the basis of this section of the law that I want to present you to the bank since the deceased has no relation left to inherit this fund. I believe this would works out fine but the ratio will be 50-50 because all transfer legal procedures will take care of and be documented, do not be afraid. I earnestly await your response on email.
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