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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:
- "death certificate" (this phrase is often used in inheritance scams such as next of kin or https://www.419scam.org/419-murdered-businessman.htm">orphan scams. )
- "will come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "there are practically no risks involved" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- "chambers" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Bar Edward Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Bar Edward Smith <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2019 07:45:20 +0000 (UTC)
Actually, there is a reason why I contacted you.Naturally, this message will come to you as a surprise but please permit me to share this idea with you which involved international relationship of ENGR.J.P.GURPAL SINGH. I got your email id during my private search online. I feel different and interest in you that is why I'm contacting you. I want to establish a friendship and business partner with you that may lead to long term business partner in future, that is why I decided to share this idea and opportunity with you in details.
To tell you more about myself, My name is Edward Smith, I am Legal Advocate. Am the owner of Edward Chambers & Associates Law Firm. I officially consult for NGO's and companies on legal/allied issues, Family Law; Intellectual Property; Real Estate; Wills and Trusts. I am the personal attorney to ENGR.J.P.GURPAL SINGH, a national of India, who used to work as a Contractor and have spent most of his life in my country (United Kingdom), here after shall be referred to as my client. On the 30TH of April 2006, my client, his wife and their only son were involved in a car accident. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several inquiries to his embassy to locate any of my late client extended relatives to come and claim the assets and Capital valued of US$10.5 Million USD that was left behind by my late client before his death, this has also proved unsuccessful. My late client ENGR.J.P.GURPAL SINGH next of kin was his wife who also died in the accident.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I and the Bank Manager discuss and agreed on a deal to move the fund without further delay after the Bank issued to me a final notice to provide the next of Kin to my late client because the UK banking ethics does not allow such money to stay more than 12 years, the money will be recalled to the Bank Treasury as Unclaimed Fund . It's based on this, I decided to search Directory to locate any trusted person who will be willing to revive the fund as an investment fund because this is the 13th year running which is the final year to claim or forfeit the fund.
This is how I came across your profile and I decided to contact you. I am contacting you. Hence because I want you to receive this fund overseas for a mutual benefit for me and you. All arrangement is already in place to move this fund to you. All I need from you is to receive the fund then we share 60% for me and 40% for your assistance.
This is not stolen money, and there are practically no risks involved.This transaction is being executed under a legitimate arrangement with all legal documents needed to protect you against any government queries. I am the fund provider , you are my oversees partner and you are receiving this fund for investment purpose,it's a simple transaction.
Provisions will be made if you chose to appear in person, you can visit our chambers and the bank physically to confirm the authenticity of this transaction by yourself if you so wish as soon as I finish standing you as the right beneficiary because everything is legal.
I can attached my client's Death Certificate and my full identification if i receive your favorite respond. All i need is to get your particulars and do the necessary documents in your name so that the bank can wire the fund directly to your account as investment fund.
Please I hope to read from you and if you have any question please feel free to ask me.
Edward Smith LLB