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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:
- "good day friend" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "DR. RON CHEANG" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:07:30 +0800
Subject: YOUR BROTHER
Good Day Friend ,
I am DR. RON CHEANG , a Banker here in Malaysia, I occupy the position of an accountant in this branch office, it is with good spirit of heart I opened up this great opportunity to you.
A deceased client of mine,that bears the same last name with you, died as the result of a heart-relatedcondition on March 12th 2005.
His heart condition was due to the death of all the members of his family in the tsunami disaster on the 26th December2004 inSumatraIndonesia.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Indian_Ocean_earthquake for more information.
My late Client has a deposit ($18.5MILLION) Eighteen Million And Five Hundred Thousand Dollar) left behind, i contacted you so i can present you as my late client next of kin, so the money can be transferred to your account, and we will share it together.
Contact me for more information.
DR. RON CHEANG