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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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: "Sir Ka-shing Li, GBM, KBE, JP" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:19:29 -0500
Subject: DONATION FROM LI KA SHING
You have been gifted US$5 MILLION USD donation fund. Contact us at this email for your claim: firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope this information meet you well as I know you will be curious to know why/how I selected you to receive a cash sum
of US$5 MILLION USD, our information below is 100% legitimate, pxcvlease see the link below:
For more details Google Li Ka Shing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Ka_Shing_FoundationRegards,
I and my wife decided to donate the sum of US$5 MILLION USD to you as part of our charity project to improve the lot of
20 lucky individuals all over the world from our $28 Billion USD I and My Wife Mapped out to help people before she died.
We prayed and searched over the internet for assistance because i saw your profile on Microsoft email owners list and
picked you. Chong Yuet Ming, my wife and I have decided to make sure this is put on the internet for the world to see. my wife has
cancer and she died at Colchester regional hospital, my wife just didn't die but she was a great person and I miss her so
much and this is why I have decided to do one thing I promised her forever. as you could see from the webpage above, am
not getting any younger and you can imagine having no much time to live. although am a Billionaire Investor and we have
helped some charity organizations from our Fund.
I like to re-assure you of the legitimacy of this services as we will not be involved in any fraudulent act and will never
be. use the money wisely, we only want to feel good by helping people this time of the year, this is the only thing that
makes my wife happy too even now that she is not here with me anymore, we have too much to give away as I only have few
months left on earth. I will advise as you as the prospective lucky Person to be calm not to loose this great opportunity
which millions of people are trying to entangled but the chances just couldn't come for them because a lot of people are
out there to discourage them as they don't know how it works, and have never seen such before.
On receipt of this email, you should count yourself as the lucky individual. Your email address was chosen online while
searching at random. Kindly get back to me at your earliest convenience with below information,
Age and Sex
so I know your email address is valid.Thank you for accepting our offer, we are indeed grateful You Can Google my name
for more information: Sir Ka-shing Li, GBM, KBE.
God bless you,
Sir Ka-shing Li, GBM, KBE,
Founder Cheung Kong Holdings