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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 friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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: "Peter I. Edward" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2019 20:36:06 -0500
Subject: Standing as Next-of-Kin
PETER INGLEY EDWARD
Birmingham Credit Union Bank,
% Baker tilly, City Plaza Temple Row,
Birmingham West Midlands, B2 5AF
London, United Kingdom.
Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal
ethics. I would like to introduce myself, I am PETER INGLEY EDWARD and I work
with Birmingham Credit Union Bank the accounts management section/
International Correspondence for Foreign Payment Transfer Department.
here in the United Kingdom.
One of our accounts is holding a balance of GBP 8,275,000 (Eight million
Two Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand Great British Pounds)
and has been dormant for some years now. From my investigations and
confirmations, the owner of this account died on the 14th of March
2010 in an autocrash in Birmingham citiy area, here in the UK.
Since then no one has responded in anyway with regards to claiming the
funds. As far as we can tell he has no family member that is aware of the
existence of either the account or the funds. Information from the United
Kingdom Border Agency also states that he was single on entry into the UK.
and no next of kin.
I have confidentially discussed this issue with one of my colleague
and we have agreed to find a reliable partner to deal with us. We thus
propose to do business with you, standing in as the next-of-kin. We will
process these funds from the deceased and release the money to your own Bank ,
Account. The total sum of 40% will go to you and 50% for me and my second.
10% for any minor little caring during the transfer.
This transaction is totally risk free, you keep confidential as the
funds is legitimate and
devoid of any illegal/illicit activity. Please think this over and should
you be interested, do let me hear from you ASAP. Iam mandate to hand
the transaction with you as am the principal Director in charge of the Dept.and i will
soon be retired.
Pls send me your details for immediate transfer,
1. YOUR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS,
2, YOUR DIRECT CELL PHONE AND OFFICE
3, YOUR DIRECT EMAIL ADDRESS.
4,YOUR AGE AND PROFESSION.
Peter I. Edward (DIRECTOR FOR INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER
Quick Reply,with my email above.