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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.
- 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:
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- "@lawyer.com" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- istanbul-turkey phone: +908503907005 email: email@example.com website:www.faithkennethlaw.com our ref: fk/01fl/asso (Lawyer; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Faith Kenneth" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2019 04:26:33 -0700
Subject: Policy Benefit Claim
Faith Kenneth, B.A. (Distinction), J.D
5th Janet mahalesi Istanbul-Turkey
OUR REF: FK/01FL/ASSO
YOUR REF: P01/7367/210417
My name is Faith Kenneth; I am the senior partner at Faith Kenneth & Associate Law Firm based in Turkey.
Firstly, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. I decided to contact you after series of attempt to locate members of deceased family.
There is an unclaimed permanent life insurance policy insured for Ten Million Nine Hundred & Fifty Thousand Seven Hundred & Seventy Seven Dollars (US$ 10,950,777.00) with a top Life Insurance Company in Turkey. The policy holder was one of our clients, Late Eng. Edgar <mf:Lastname> , who worked with Energy Company in Turkey. He died in an accident in Istanbul , Seven years ago. Since his death no one has come forward for the claim and all our efforts to locate his relatives in Canada have proved unsuccessful. The insurance company code stipulates that insured permanent policies" not claimed must be turned over to the abandoned property division of the state after seven years.
Therefore, I ask for your consent to be in partnership with me for the claim of this policy benefit, in view of the fact that you share the same last name and nationality with the deceased. If you permit me to add your name to the policy, all proceeds will be processed on your behalf. I wish to point out that I want 10% of this money to be shared among charity organizations while the remaining 90% will be shared between us.
This is 100% risk free; I do have all necessary documentation to expedite the process in a highly professional and confidential manner. I will provide all the relevant documents to substantiate your claim as the beneficiary. This claim requires a high level of confidentiality and it may take up to thirty (30) business days, from the date of receipt of your consent.
Please contact me either via: (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Copy to: email@example.com, Tel: +908503907005
Your earliest response to this matter would be highly appreciated.
Faith Kenneth, B.A. (LLB)MB, .
(This communication, links contained herein, is for the sole use of the intended recipient and may contain information that is confidential or legally protected.)
Faith Kenneth & Associates Law Firm/5th Janet Mahalesi Istanbul-Turkey