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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.
- 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: "Yuval" <email@example.com>
Date: 28 Nov 2019 07:01:23 -0200
Subject: Business Proposal - Please Reply
My name is Yuval Rose, a Client Relations officer at CoinMatic, A
crypto currency exchange company based in Canada and one of
Canadaâs foremost Crypto-currency exchange platforms. I have an
urgent lucrative business opportunity for you. I got your details
on the internet when I was searching for a reliable person that
can handle this deal and I believe you can handle it because you
bears the same Last-Name with the dead investor of the business
am about to introduce to you. This is a private and confidential
message from me to you and I request that it be treated as such.
I am contacting you with respect to an urgent issue regarding a
Bitcoin account belonging to a deceased account holder, I got
your contact in my quest for a Partner to stand in as a Next of
Kin to the deceased account holder, this was from the last
details she sent in to the company regarding liquidation of her
BTC account, since you might be aware that BTC transactions are
mostly anonymous. I contacted you so that you can apply to my
company as a relative of the deceased in order to claim the fund.
This is as easy as ABC since my company already took a decision
that the entire fund would be credited to any relative that comes
up for claim before the end of December this year.
The Bitcoin was sold and converted to cash at the request of the
late account holder for onward deposit to an account to be
advised by her. Upon liquidation, we waited for months for info
on the bank account for the deposit but never got a feedback.
Upon inquiry, it was confirmed that she passed away (died) after
a cancer related ailment.
At a meeting held 2 weeks ago by my Companyâs Management on the
matter, it was resolved that unless a Next of Kin or any relative
of the late account Holder comes forward for claim of the funds
on or before 30th of December 2019 (which is practically
impossible) the whole funds would be converted back to Bitcoin
and becomes part of the Company's portfolio.
With the above in mind, I decided to quickly reach out to you so
that you can apply to my company for claim of this fund in the
capacity of a Next-of-Kin/Relative. Rest assured that this is a
straight forward process with no risks involved whatsoever. Start
to finish of the process with fund deposited in your nominated
bank account can be achieved within a space of 10 banking days or
less. All that I require from you is full cooperation and
I am suggestion a sharing ratio of 50/50 split after fund is
credited to your account. We shall have to draft up an agreement
to that effect if agreed. If this is OK with you and wish to
continue with the claim process, I will draft a letter which you
would email to my Company as a formal request for claim of this
I await your reply, please provide your private phone number in
Send reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org