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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:
- "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)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Keith Pritchard" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 10 May 2019 15:21:42 -0300
I am Mr. Keith Pritchard, Currently working in New york as CEO and Chairman of the Board at Security Bank of Pulaski.
On our course of performing sorting banned currency notes duties (money scarcity), i discovered a floating fund sum of Five Million Three Hundred Thousand usd($5,300.000.00) belonging to a foreigner who died in 2003, After going through the deceased records filed in our office, we discovered that no one has operated this account since 2003 till date and he died without any heir hence the money has been floating.
The funds in currently in an Security Bank of Pulaski Online account which was opened in his company name January 1998 Records showed that every effort made by Security Bank to track any member of his family or any one as the next of kin has failed because the deceased died leaving no heir or a will in his file. my major aim of contacting you is to assist me receive this money in your bank account, 50% of the funds is for you as the sole beneficiary and owner of account, while 50% percent comes back to me as soon as the $5,300,000.00 have been transferred by you Online and cleared in your nominated bank account.
Then I will get back my 50% through any means we find best to do so, Please note that all I need from you is your full TRUST and commitment with sincerity as to seeing this transaction go smoothly to stand as the next of kin since you bear the same last name with the deceased By standing as the claim of this fund then you will be given details to access the account containing the $5,300.000.00 online.
The information i have on this account is privileged and confidential as no other person has access to this. If we do not transfer this money urgently before the end of the month, it would be forfeited and subsequently converted to HSBC Bank funds which will benefit only the privileged executive directors of my firm. This money can be approved to you legally and with all the necessary documentary approvals in your name.
kindly provide the details below :
1, Your Name:
2, Your Address:
5, Mobile Phone:
6, Country of residence:
7, Scanned of Passport copy /ID:
8, Your current Bank Name:
This Information required is just so we add you as the next of kin on file, afterwards you will be granted access to the account via Internet Banking, the $5,300.000.00 will be transferred via Our Online Banking platform and funds will be credited to the destination account within 24 hours after completing the transfer online.
This transaction is 100% RISK FREE; it will be a bank-to-bank online transfer that will be done by you with the details that will be provided to you as soon as we get your email with the required information's.
CEO & Chairman of the Board
Security Bank of Pulaski.