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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.
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Hello" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2019 16:33:58 -0000
Subject: Hello Friend 07/10/2019
Good to speak with you.
My Name is Rupnarain Kamal, one of the Directors-Standard Bank of South Africa. You may receive this message with surprise, but it's the urgent need for you to stand as beneficiary to unclaimed legitimate fund from my bank.
SOURCE OF FUND:
A deposit account was opened by a customer Wolfgang Friedrich, Deutsch Nationality who was a consultant contractor with the federal ministry of mines and power in South Africa. He made a number of deposit with the bank over a period of time which has been rolled over many times yearly to cumulative value of $22,583,112.00, while expecting Wolfgang Friedrich to come forward to claim his fund which he never did.
As a bank, series of notification has been sent to his forwarding address but got no reply. I secretly contacted his manager that had worked in his consulting office, only to discover that Wolfgang Friedrich was involved in the Libya plane crash of 12th May 2010.
You may have read or heard about the plane crash, Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 from Johannesburg-South Africa to Libya. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/13/world/middleeast/13libya.html.
As a standing financial rules and regulation of South African government, If no claim is made on the deposit at the end of stipulated period, the fund will be tagged "Unclaimed funds" and will be forfeited to the government. So I want to present you as the next of kin to the fund and I will guide you to ensure the fund is process legitimately in your name and transferred to your bank account for our mutual benefit.
If you are interested, send your information; your name, contact address and your phone number.