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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:
- "transfer into your account" (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)
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "accredited attorney" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- 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 (Yahoo, Japan; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Cheong How Weng" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 19:39:40 +0100
Subject: Your Kindly/ With All Due Respect !!!!
Mr.Cheong How Weng
Atlantic Swiss Bank Limited
High Holborn House
52-54 High Holborn,London
WC1V 6RL, United Kingdom
My name is Mr.Cheong How Weng with Atlantic Swiss Bank Limited I want you to partner with me to transfer funds into your account,I await your reply on your willingness to partner with me.However, this Correspondence is unofficial and private, and it should be treated as such. I wish to inform you that this letter is not a hoax or Scam mail and I urge you to treat it with the seriousness it deserves.
I have before me list of funds, which identified unclaimed deposits and over-invoiced sum etc. I have the opportunity to write you based on the instructions received two days ago from the Foreign Debts Reconciliation Dept. to submit the List of payment reports/expenditures and audited reports of revenues. Among several others, I have decided to present you as the Next of Kin/Will Beneficiary to an overdue inheritance sum of US$38,600,000.00 (Thirty Eight Million Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) belonging to our Late Client an America .
Following my idea that we can have a deal/agreement and I am going to do this legally with your name as the bonafide beneficiary of the amount in question by employing the service of an accredited attorney, who will handle all the legal documentations and lay claims through his legal authority on your behalf. Listen 50% of this money will be for you, in respect to the provision of a foreign account and 50% would be for me as have planned to come to your Country as soon as the transfer is completed.
1) The sum of only will be transfer into your account after the processing of all relevant legal documents with your name as the bonafide beneficiary; the transfer will be made by telegraphic Transfer (T/T), conformable in 7 working days.
2) This deal must be kept secret and all correspondence will be strictly by email/telephone, for security purposes.
3) There should be no third parties as most problem associated with your fund release are caused by your agents or representative.
If you Agree with my conditions, Kindly send the Below information
Complete first and last names
Phone and Fax Numbers
Date of Birth
Mr.Cheong How Weng