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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million us dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "chambers" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Barr. Poseop Kim L. (Kim Chambers and Solicitors)."
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2020 01:52:55 +0100
Subject: Re: Good-day sir/madam, your acknowledgement is needed.
Good Day Sir / Madam,
My name is Barr. Poseop Kim Lucidcorp, an Investment Attorney, I am writin=
g on behalf of Mr. Chen Shui-Bian (a client of mine). My client
has a large sum of money which he is looking for someone to help him reloca=
te and manage the funds.
My client Mr. Chen Shui-Bian has presented a subtle offer which will need =
the help of a partner like you to complete successfully. Mr. Chen Shui-Bian=
is in a difficult situation and he must immediately relocate certain sums =
of money out and this must be done in such a way that must not be connected=
or tied to him in any form during the process of the transaction.
The money is currently deposited with a financial institution here in Chin=
a, which will be disclosed to you upon your willingness to assist my client=
Your role will be to:
. Act as the original beneficiary of the funds.
. Receive the funds into your business/private bank account.
. Invest/Manage the funds outside of China.
. Value of funds: $65 Million US Dollars.
All legal documentation will be done in your name to ensure the rights to =
the funds are transferred to you.
should you agree to partner with my client, you will be compensated with 1=
2% of the total sum and also 3% for any expenses incurred during the proces=
s of the transaction. you will not be asked for any payment for all documen=
tation's and processing will be taken care-off.
Should you prefer I re-contact you with more express facts, I will need yo=
u to acknowledge this mail.
For Mr. Chen Shui-Bian's current profile visit this site:
Barr. Poseop Kim.
Kim Chambers and Solicitors.
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