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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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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 next of kin scam.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Johnson Khumalo" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2019 09:20:26 +0000
Subject: Business Deal
I know for security reasons this is not the safest means to reach you but was left with no other viable option since there is pressing need to reach you, I am quite sure that this letter will surprise you since I have not been having previous correspondences with you.
My name is Mr. Johnson Khumalo, The bank manager of the above bank, I have a good proposition for you, I have gone through your countrys investment profile and history and I am interested to invest in it, I will be willing to partner with you and invest a substantial amount of money in your company if you have an existing company or we can also partner to set up a new one. Provided you have a substantial and complete feasibility study on the new company you will need us to partner with.
In June 1999 Mr. Christian Eich A German Engineer who ran car-maker BMW museum here in Southern Africa, he deposited the sum of USD$25.5M ( Twenty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) with our bank on a five years fixed deposit basis with his Son Mr. Michael Eich registered as the next of Kin / beneficiary to the account, after the five years expired, Mr. Christian Eich was not seen nor heard from even the son who is the beneficiary nothing was heard from him, So I decided to roll it over since then it has been rolling over, I have sent letters /faxes to his numbers and address still no response. I was forced to contact the (BMW) he was dealing with but was surprised to hear that Mr. Christian Eich and his son died in a plane crash just a year after he deposited the money with us. May his soul rest in peace.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THIS SITE AS FOLLOWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm
The South African law states that in cases like this the money should be returned to the government account. I am seriously against returning this old mans sweat to the government account because the government officials will still steal this money from the government account, So I have decided to divert this money to my own personal use, Already I have used my good contact to transfer it to South African bank for smooth and successful transfer of the fund out of South Africa.
I am writing for you to assist me in safekeeping/transferring of this money as well as for investment purposes, you are to take 35% of the total sum for your assistance,5% to take care of all the expenses incurred during this transaction while the remaining will be for my investment in your country. On receipt of your acceptance letter and a mutual agreement is reached between us, I will send to you all the vital documents relevant to this transaction for final transfer to your account.
I am counting on you, call me once you receive this letter or send me an urgent email with your contact details for an oral conversation if youre interested to work with me. kindly reply back to my private contact emails below: firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>
PLEASE CONTACT ME THROUGH THIS MY PRIVATE EMAIL FOR QUICK RESPOND: firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>
Mr. Johnson Khumalo
Phone: +27 7867 80814