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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:
- "hundred thousand us 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)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: "FARID OTHMAN & ASSOCIATES" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:02:54 -0700
Subject: FARID OTHMAN & ASSOCIATES
FARID OTHMAN & ASSOCIATES
21, Jalan Gaya, Commercial Centre, Taman, 88000
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
My name is Barrister Farid Othman, a legal practitioner & Partners Law Firm based in Malaysia. Actually, I got your contact information through your countrys public archive, while searching for any possible relative to late Mr. Bernard Ryan, who was a Real Estate (General) living in Malaysia for decades; he died along with his family during the Japan earthquake which killed more than 230,000 people occurred 11th March 2011 while on their exploration and short holidays visit to Japan.http://www.livescience.com/39110-japan-2011-earthquake-tsunami-facts.html
Prior to the casualty of him and his immediate family I chose to contact you, which is why I must apologize greatly for the unsolicited mail as it is certainly an unprofessional way of approach to foster a relationship of trust.
Before the sudden death of my late client and his family; He made a mutual investment deposit worth the sum of $4.5M (Four Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) with a Bank here in Malaysia. Against this milieu and consequently being the acting attorney present during the deposit, the Financial Institution requested I present the heir/heiress forward to make Claims of the investment deposit; otherwise, the fund will be confiscated and considered as unclaimed in accordance with existing deposit laws here in Malaysia.
Thus, I diligently embarked on an extensive research for a possible relative to my late client which proved abortive. Against this backdrop, my proposal to you is collaborating with me to be the benefactor of the deposit fund. Though, I acknowledge you may not be anyway related to my late client, taking into account that you both have a common surname is a positive factor as it can be considered a common genealogy. By virtue of my position, I can guarantee that we stand a great chance of success if you follow my instructions.
Mind you that this transaction is 100% risk free; there is no atom of risk connected to this business. Once the fund release to you, we shall share it equally in the ratio of 50% for you 50% for me as benefits. I know you may deem this fund not necessary as you may have a lot to spend for the rest of your life, but have in mind we can still use the fund to supports the homeless, the Orphanage and sick people that need help to pay hospital bills.
Owing to the sensitivity of this transaction I urge you to keep proposal confidential pending when we work out modalities. Kindly get back with me if you are not willing to collaborate with me so that I can further my search for another partner.
I wait for your quick respond.
Farid Othman Esq.