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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:
- "account opening" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- ",500,000" (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: "Kevin Kingston" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2019 03:32:34 +0100
Subject: Investment Proposal
l am Kevin Kingston the international remittance officer and Executive Director Danske Bank United Kingdom. I contacted you to seek your assistance to transfer the sum of $49,500,000 USD out of my bank (Danske Bank, United Kingdom) to your custody for investment purpose of which you are going to provide an investment proposal we are going to work with in your country,the profits will be shared 40% for you and 60% for me.
Firstly let me highlight you on the source of the funds in question, in 2005 a then serving government official Mr. Ali al-Lami the executive director of the committee that acts as Iraq's anti-Baath Party watchdog in Baghdad, deposited $225M USD acquiring a property under the state name Mosul, but the real cost of the property was $102M from the records and he immediately requested for opening of a personal account with $49.5M while the balance of $73.5M USD remained in the state account as a banker l knew it was a deal of siphoning the state funds to his personal account.
Surprisingly on December 2011 the state requested for the property documents which was in our volt, going through the documents the cost of the property was reflecting $151.5M USD not $102M USD which l knew about and the state asked of the balance in their account $73.5M USD and closed their account with us because Mr. Ali al-Lami is dead and he died in May 2011 he was gunned down by an unknown gun man, as the account officer l was aware of the $49.5M USD deposited in his personal account, which no one from his country is aware of, now this is the funds we are going to partner together to pull out from my bank.
The Deal is, I am bringing you in as his Beneficiary, since all links to the funds has been lost considering the death of Mr. Ali al-Lam,as his account officer I noticed that the account opening bio-data form has not been dully completed at the time Mr. Ali al-Lami was opening the account as he has not provided me with the information to indicate beneficiaries in case of death, so the beneficiary to this funds is still open. Haven read this with understanding I would like to get some information from you to enable me key in your data into our database as the beneficiary to the funds, details needed are as stated below
COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE AND COUNTRY OF BIRTH
This project is highly capital intensive for me as I would need to employ the services of a solicitor that would prepare the legal documents to back our claims as the only survival since the assumed benefactor (Late Mr. Ali al-Lami) is dead, every steps has to be legally guided this is why I have to be very careful since I am still in active service with my bank. I need your total devotion and trust to see this project through.
You can reach me on +44 748 287 8663, I also await your details and willingness to proceed with the process, as that will enable me provide you with more details.