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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.
- 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: "Mr David Goldfein" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2018 13:19:55 -0700
Subject: This is very vital
I am Mr. David Goldfein, I work as an auditor with the Hang Seng Bank Ltd, Hong Kong . I know this means of communication may not be morally right to you as a person but i also have given it a great deal of thought and i have come to this conclusion which i am about to share with you. In one way or the other was hoping you will cooperate with me in this endeavor i am about to undertake. I stumbled upon a long-inactive account of a client of this bank, I sent correspondence to the account holder and she requested that I come in person which I did and she gave me the duty to look for good motherless foundation and other humanitarian foundation and make donation of the funds due to her deadly Cancer sickness. So i decided to contact you with this privileged information regarding this decision, she goes by the name of France OUELLET.
Now my proposal to you is that i want you to cooperate with me in seeing that these funds of France OUELLET does not go to the Hong Kong government treasury as unclaimed estates which here in Hong Kong is called Bona Vacantia meaning ownerless property because there is no will or next of kin to the account.
The amount involved is Six Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States of American Dollars, this i feel may not be to upright from both my end and also the end of the directors of the bank who might take the money if we don't before we even talk of the government but i think it would rather be more beneficial to you, the Motherless and the less privileged one's around the globe and also to me who at the end of the day will use the funds to affect the lives of other people.
Now what i intend for you to do is to facilitate me with all your basic details such as: FULL NAMES, MAILING ADDRESS, TEL/FAX NUMBERS, OCCUPATION & AGE
As an insider which I am, Iâve all facts/details about the account which will help to facilitate the approval of the remittance of the funds to you accordingly.
Mr. David Goldfein