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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:
- "hundred thousand us dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Douglas McDougall" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2019 09:09:50 -0000
Subject: Re: Sherman Family Foundation
2700 700 West Georgia St.,
Sherman Foundation .
Greetings from Barry Sherman, I wish to notify you that you were listed as one of the beneficiary to the bequest of the sum of Seven Million Six Hundred Thousand US Dollars in the codicil and last testament of the deceased, The late Bernard Charles Sherman until his death was a Canadian businessman and philanthropist, as well as the chairman of Apotex Inc. With an estimated net worth of USD3.2 billion and later devoted in helping the needy and charitable Organisation, He had one idea that never changed in his mind - that you should use your wealth to help people.
He was a very dedicated man and a great philanthropist during his lifetime. He involved himself in helping people by giving financial supports, our foundation donated a record USD50 million to the United Jewish Appeal, They provided funds to build a major addition to the geriatric Bay crest center, and to other community centers around the world . Apotex are major donors to the United Way. As well, the Sherman Foundation had sent over USD50 million worth of medicine to disaster zones since 2007, they also helped to establish an orphanage in Kenya and many more just to mention but a few.
He said in his words as stated in his last testament that "it is my desired wish to see that the poor and less privileged are given assistance by any means and limit this token could go round the world, especially in Asia, Africa, South America and part of Europe having seen it all myself". He therefore advised that this amount be "invested and the proceeds be used for charity and to help the motherless,less privileged and also for the assistance of the widows annually by setting up a charity home/Orphanage, while 30% be retained by the beneficiary for his efforts".
I hereby request that you reconfirm the information below for proper identification of your person
(1) Your current telephone/ cell phone numbers
(2) Your correct forwarding address
(3) Your Full name as you want it to Appear in the grant of transfer.
Please note that this is for real, as we will take care of all necessary arrangement.
On receipt of this email, you should count yourself as the lucky individual as your email address was chosen online at random. Kindly get back to us at your earliest convenience.
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