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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",500,000" (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)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
Date: Sat, 12 May 2018 16:24:11 +0100
Subject: Legitimate Offer
Dear Friend, I got your contact information from a reputable business/profe=
ssional directory of your country which gives me assurance of your legibili=
ty as a person. I am Attorney Altan Temel Vahit, a solicitor at law. I was =
the personal attorney to Eng,Michael Webster, a citizen of your country who=
used to Work with an oil servicing company here in Turkey after which be r=
eferred to as my client.Eng Michael Webster 72 years of age made a fixed de=
posit of fund valued at USD$14,500,000 (Fourteen Million, Five Hundred Thou=
sand United States Dollars Only) with a Security Company/Finance institutio=
n in Turkey and unfortunately lost his life in one of the bomb blast in Ira=
q, see link for verification (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/812722=
2.stm) He left no clear beneficiary as Next of Kin except Some vital docume=
nts related to the deposit still in my possession. Recently, the governing =
body of the Security Company/Finance institution contacted me on this matte=
r, requesting that I should notify the next of kin of my late client to cla=
im the funds and I am yet to provide the Next of Kin to lay claims to the F=
und. I know that my client had no living next of kin but i have made lots o=
f search to see if i can get in contact to any of his relatives but my sear=
ch was fruitless to locate any of my late clients extended relatives. A cle=
ar and legitimate agreement with you, I seek your consent to present you as=
the next of kin so that my late client's fund will not be confiscated by t=
he Financial Regulatory Authority. You and I will share the money, you will=
be entitled to 40% of the total fund for your role as the relative and nex=
t of kin of my late client, 60% for me. Be informed that there is no risk i=
nvolved as all necessary legal document which will be used to back you up a=
s the legal beneficiary and next of kin of my late client will be procured.=
All I require is your sincerity, honesty, co-operation and utmost good fai=
ths to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be execu=
ted under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of=
the law. Kindly, get in touch with me by my e-mail or telephone to enable =
us discuss further. You may also send your telephone number so that I can c=
all you. Do not forget that a transaction of this magnitude require utmost =
confidentiality and sincerity. I look forward to your urgent response. Than=
k you, Attorney Altan Temel Vahit Tel: +905369443280