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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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "David Changwell" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:50:42 +0800
Subject: (Ams)....partnership if you can.
South Quay Plaza
183 Marsh Wall ,
London , E14 9SR ,
Good-day to you,
Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal ethics, i would like to introduce myself, I am David Changwell i am a financial consultant in an investment company we work together with the accounts management section of a well-known bank here in the United Kingdom.I got your email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org in my search for a reliable and competent company or individual to form partnership in the area of investment, I need your assistance to manage an investment fund in a profitable business venture in your region with good annual returns on investment (AROI).
This investment fund is from one of our accounts holding a large balance of close to six digits in Great Britain Pounds (specified amount will de disclosed as we proceed) and has been dormant for some years now. From my investigations and confirmations, the owner of this account died on the 16th of February 1999 in an autocrash in Birmingham, here in the UK, since then no one has responded in anyway with regards to claiming the funds. As far as we can tell and have investigated he has no family member that is aware of the existence of either the account or the funds. Information from the United Kingdom Border Agency also states that he was single on entry into the UK.I have confidentially discussed this issue with some of the bank officials and we have agreed to find a reliable partner. We thus propose to you to stand in as the next-of-kin. We will process these funds from the deceased and release them to you, after due processes have been fol
This transaction is totally risk free as the funds is legitimate and devoid of any illegal/illicit activity. Please think this over and should you be interested, do let me hear from you ASAP.Thank you.
Please reply strictly to: email@example.com .Thank you once again.