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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:
- "chambers" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "offshore account" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "From Wife Of General Akin Ozturk $13.5 Million Donation"
Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2018 20:47:06 +0100
Subject: RE: GREETINGS TO YOU.
With due respect, I must apologize for this unsolicited message, I am
aware that this is certainly not a conventional way of approaching an
unknown person for establishment of project I am the wife of General
Akin Ozturk, former four-star General in the Turkish Air Force who
served as the 30th Commander of the Turkish Air Force until August 4,
2015, after his expiration as commander, he continued his duty as a
member of the Supreme Military Council my husband was arrested on 16
July 2016 on charges of having played a leading role in the failed
2016 Turkish Military coup attempt of 15 July. He was stripped of all
his military ranks and indicted for offenses against public order,
conspiracy, and treason. My husband had earlier denied the allegation
with proof and evidence that he never participated in the failed coup
my husband has been humiliated by the Government and has been in
detention without proper medication and food. I am under house arrest
including all the entire family of General Akin Ozturk.
I got your contact details during my online search on international
chambers and commerce/international Phone Numbers-White Pages-Yellow
Pages Search I selected you to assist me to take care of this mission
without any doubt in mind and I have also prayed over this matter that
you will be a reliable and trustworthy person. I was recently
diagnosed with kidney cancer and my condition is really deteriorating
and I have no children of my own so I have decided to contribute the
worth of $13.5 Million currently in offshore account in Europe to aid
the less privileged Worldwide please you should keep this letter
strictly confidential. Please, do not bother yourself to contact the
attorney if you have the intention of using this funds for personal
use other than the enhancement to aid for the less privileged around
you may God Almighty bless us all.
The Attorney to file an immediate application for the transfer of the
funds in your name.
Name: Attorney Mandred H. ChaperonÂ
Tel : +44 161 850 8390.
Mrs. Fatima Aya Ozturk