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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: Afolabi Olusegun <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:47:12 +0100
Subject: Dear Email Address Owner
I AM Barrister Olusegun Afolabi THE PERSONAL ATTORNEY TO THE LATE MR.WANG
YU A CHINESE NATIONAL, MR. WANG YU WAS A CONTRACTOR WITH OIL COMPANY HERE
IN NIGERIA; I WISH TO KNOW IF WE CAN WORK TOGETHER. I WOULD LIKE YOU TO
STAND AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO MY DECEASED CLIENT WHO MADE SOME DEPOSITS
AMOUNTING $27.5M USD IN A BANK HERE IN NIGERIA,LATE MR.WANG YU, WHO DIED ON
JUNE 3 ABOARD DANA AIRLINES FLIGHT 992,HE DIED WITHOUT ANY REGISTERED NEXT
OF KIN AND AS SUCH, THE FUNDS NOW HAVE AN OPEN BENEFICIARY MANDATE.
I HAVE CONTACTED YOU SO THAT I CAN PRESENT YOU AS A FAMILY MEMBER TO
MR.WANG YU SINCE I COULD NOT LOCATE ONE YET. THE PURPOSE FOR THAT IS TO
ENABLE US WORK TOGETHER TO CLAIM THE FUND DEPOSITED BY MY DECEASED CLIENT
WITH A BANK HERE, WHICH IS THE RISK OF BEING DECLARED UNCLAIMED SOONER THAN
LATER IN CUSTODY OF A BANK.THE FUND IN QUESTION IS $27.5MILLION USD. WHILE
THE DEPOSIT REFERENCE IS: TFG/ZEN/578/013
IF THIS PROPOSAL IS OKAY BY YOU, DO GET BACK TO ME ASAP TO ENABLE ME
DISCLOSE FURTHER DETAILS CONCERNING THE TRANSACTION AS WELL AS DISCUSS THE
MODALITIES FOR ITS EXECUTION. LET I NOT FORGET, I WILL BE OFFERING YOU 40%
OF THE TOTAL FUND FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE IN THIS VENTURE.
I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO HEAR FROM YOU,
Barrister Olusegun Afolabi
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