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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:
- "deadline" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "top secret" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "chief auditor" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- 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)
Fraud email example:
From: ang zoe <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2019 14:10:40 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Updats Brexit Contarctors
Greetings to you, first I must solicit your confidence in this transaction.This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly CONFIDENTIAL AND TOP SECRET.
However the newly elected European parliament president David Maria Sassoli Italian Pro European vowed defend European member states if Britain leave the block with or without a deal as is likely that Boris Johnson the British prime minister will lead Britain out of europe without a deal, after series of petition was received from european Union member states contractors and other investors living in Britain of the inability of British banks to fulfill her obligation for the payment of european Union member states contractors, Boris government and house of Lords mandated banks to carry out a careful and comprehensive review of all overdue payments to european Union member states contractors and to effect payments immediately before the January 31st deadline of BREXIT.
As the chief auditor and currently the chairperson of the review committee in my bank, During the above mentioned process, I discovered an abandoned sum of Fourteen Million Great Britain pounds sterling (Â£14.000.000.00) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer Roman Blum a Polish nationality, who died after a brief illness, he has no heirs to all his fund and estate.
Since I got information about his death, I have invested time and money inproper search of his relative. Please go through his story for more details onthe website below,
The bank cannot release this fund unless someone applies for it as nextof kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking laws of the land that if nobody applies at the expiration of Ten (10) years this money will be diverted into bank treasury as unclaimed bill, surprisingly during my research and enquires I discovered that he donât have any person for this claim.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody will come for it, as a staff and citizen of this country I cannot stand as the next of kin to a foreigner that is why I contacted you for this deal.
I agree that 40% of this money will be for you as a foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account, and 50% would be for me, while 10% will be for expenses incurred during the transaction, on contrary I will also accept your condictions hence is favorable.
Upon the receipt of your reply, I will send to you by email or fax the text of the application to fill and send to the bank.
I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free and will only take us 3 banking working days hence you comply, get back to me IF YOUARE INTERESTED via my private mail box (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ms. Alima Brama