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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.
- 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 (Hotmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: McFadden <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 03 Nov 2017 01:54:39 +0000
Subject: Good Day.
Greetings I bring to you from England, I must solicit your confidence
in this proposal; this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly
sympathizing, though i know that a proposal of this magnitude will
make anyone Apprehensive and worried.
I am Dr. Mcfadden Philip an Account officer to a great late deceased
who has an account in one of the top banks here in Lloyd's Bank and he
died in 2005 without a written or oral WILL and since 2005 nobody has
operated on this account again hence the money is floating and if I do
not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing and
Govt. of England will confiscate the funds for their personal use
which I personally don't want such incident to happen being that this
is a great opportunity for me, My contact is for you to please assist
me to transfer the funds to any safe account with your assistance. I
seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased
since I have every possibility & the advantages for the proceeds of
this account to be paid to you and then both of us can share the
money, 55% to me and 45% to you. Can I trust "YOU" on this?
I sort for international clients that are capable to stand with me for
this claim. please do email me as soon as possible for details about
this business development <email@example.com >.
I Sincerely hope to hear a reply from you.
God Bless you,
Dr. Mcfadden Philip.