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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "search for a reliable person" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "will come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "hundred thousand u.s 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)
- ",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)
- "00,000.00" (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 next of kin scam.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: biz house <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2019 12:43:47 +0000
Subject: FROM: LARRY MARKS ASSOCIATES (BA.LLB) EMAIL ME BACK
FROM: LARRY MARKS ASSOCIATES (BA.LLB)
SUBJECT: LEGITIMATE ARRANGEMENT
I got your information while search for a reliable person who will assist me in a business proposal that will be of a great benefit we both and I have lay all the trust in you before I decided to disclose this confidential transaction to you.
I am Larry Marks, an Attorney at Law. I have an urgent and very profitable business proposition for you that should be handled with extreme confidentiality. I know this proposal will come to you as a surprise for the fact that we have not met before believing that transaction of this magnitude will make anyone apprehensive or worried but I can assure you that you will not regret been part of this mutual beneficial transaction.
SUBJECT: A deceased Client of mine Name withhold, A citizen of your Country whom here in shall be referred to as my client, made a numbered time Fixed Deposit for twelve calendar months valued at (US$ 55,500,000.00) Fifty-five Million, Five Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars Only in a Financial and Security Company on January 12,2000.
My client was a Consultant, and contractor with the South Africa Solid Minerals Corporation (SSMC).Upon maturity the Financial and Security Company sent a routine notification in accordance with the Company policy to his forwarding address but got no reply.
After a month they sent a reminder and finally it was discovered from his contract employers South Africa Solid Minerals Corporation (SSMC) that My Client, his wife and two children died in the AF4590 France concord plane crash bound for New York in their plan for a world cruise on Monday 31 July, 2000.
Please view this website for confirmation of the death of my client: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ eur ope/859479.stm
On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a Will and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigations and discovered that my client did not declare any next of kin or relations in the Deposit paperwork with the Financial and Security Company.
This sum of US$55.5 Million I understand was kept in the Financial and Security Company for safekeeping to enable him has direct and immediate access to the funds for a contract that he intended to execute. No one will ever come forward to claim it and according to the Government Law as provided in section 129 subs 63(N) South Africa Banking Edit of 1961 at the expiration of 20 years the money will revert to the ownership of the South African Government, if nobody applies to claim the fund.
My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as the Next of kin and beneficiary of my deceased client as you bear the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at $55.5 Million can be paid to you, so we can share the amount on a mutually agreed percentage of 60% for me 40% for you. We will provide all legal documents to back up the claim. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
Youre most urgent response will be highly appreciated to avoid making further contacts. Email: email@example.com
Larry Marks Associates.