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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 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr J.D. Taylor" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:32:40 +0300
Good day .
I am Mr. J.D.Taylor, BA (Hons).The head of EMEA for Helen & Halifax Cooperatives Bank .
I oversee the governance, operations, business development and talent of Helen & Halifax Cooperatives Bank. I am responsible for my bank branch's ongoing strategic direction. I joined Helen & Halifax Cooperatives Bank in 2011, and I spent 9 years working as the Economic Advisor to blue chip companies in a number of different industries both in the UK and the USA. I'm sorry to have encroached into your privacy in this manner.
I am the personal accountant to my late client who is a foreign contractor with Royal Dutch who has an investment account with my bank. Unfortunately, my client died along with his nuclear family in France while on sabbatical leave in the summer of 2013 "May God rest their soul in peace". He died without leaving a Will. Several efforts made to find his extended family through his embassy proved abortive.
I received a notice last week from the General Headquarter of my bank to provide the next of kin to my late client , as his personal accountant. Failure to provide a said next of kin to my client will risk a transfer of the funds to the Government (Escheat) in 21 days time.
I am contacting you to assist me in repatriating the funds left behind by my late client as you share the same surname with him. This claim will be executed without breaching any United Kingdom laws and success is guaranteed if we co-operate on this.
If you agree to this proposal, I will personally input your data in the bank database and recommend the bank to release the account to you as the next of Kin to the late customer.
The amount involved is 9,649,400 Pounds (Nine Million Six Hundred And Forty-Nine Thousand Four Hundred British Pound Sterling); I propose we share the proceeds 50/50,
Kindly treat this as confidential and revert back to me if you are interested for further directives and agreement on how to share the money with you .
Kindly contact me on my Private Email Address :email@example.com
Kind regards ,
Mr. J.D.Taylor, BA (Hons)