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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:
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: "Barrister Nana Williiams" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2018 11:55:12 -0500
Subject: Revert Back To Me
Attn: Dear Fellow,
Compliments of the season as I hope this email finds you in good state of mind. I am Barrister Nana Williams, Barristers, Solicitors & Chartered Arbitrators. I am writing to consent you regarding my preposition with my late client. Mr. Usman Mmadu was before my friend and client, and we have worked for years but he died of blood cancer. Before Mr. Usman Mmadu died, we were on the eve of the conclusion of a transfer abroad to buy properties in UAE, but finally he could not get to finalize and secure the properties.
As his legal luminary I signed all the key documents in this regard, and the property owner was concerned about this development and in its current state of the investment is canceled, but the money is ready for transfer to the behalf of the seller since we all signed the letter of agreement. I will now seek your consent to present you to the security company as the seller of the property of all legal documents to support the claim. If you are interested in working with me to transfer this money in your bank account as the seller of the goods, I'll give you 35% of 5 million euros.
Finally, I must assure you that there is no risk in this business and I will need your:,
Tel & Fax,
Upon your response, I'll give you more guidance on how we can archive this great objective.
Barrister Nana Williams.