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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "huge deposit" (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)
- "affidavit " (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "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.
- 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: "Laurie Mcilwee" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2021 13:46:44 +0100
I am Laurie McIlwee, a Solicitor, I am the Personal Attorney to Albert Rizk, of Melbourne, An engineer who ran car maker BMW museum and also an oil consultant died along with his entire family in this resent Malaysia ghastly air crash in the Indian Ocean that claim the lives of all the 239 passengers on 8 March 2014.
Despite an extensive international search in the southern Indian Ocean, no trace of the aircraft has been found.Officials confirmed that the recovery operation was ongoing but that the 239 people on board are now presumed dead.
You may click this link below for Verification. (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26503141)
I waited for seven years before making this prudent move because of security reasons on the issue, and since I noticed that the coast are cleared, I decided to send out this message to you.
As you have read on medians about my family, all you saw or read was not true, but what is left for you to decide on assisting my family and me.
Since his wife was his next of kin and she was in the missing plan also, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet to locate any member of his family, but to no avail, hence I contacted you.
I had contacted you to assist in repatriating the money that belongs to my client before it declared unserviceable by the bank management where these huge deposits were lodged. Particularly the Bank where the deceased had an account valued. Forty-Nine million Three hundred and Fifty-one Thousand Eight Seven cent ($49,350,000.87) has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next 21 official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over many months now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased so that the proceeds of this
can be paid to you and then you. I can share the money 70% to me and 25% to you, while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your government may require. I have the certificate of deposit that will be used to back up any claim we may make. All I need is your moral support.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
Please get in touch with me by my email to enable us to discuss further.
This affects the swift transfer of this fund into your account in less than three (3) Working days. I WILL OBTAIN AFFIDAVIT FROM COURT WHEN YOU RESPONSE TO ME.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Barrister Laurie McIlwee.
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