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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:
- "with your full names" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "hundred thousand us 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)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Rev.David" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 23:30:20 +0000
Subject: Notification of Bequest..
From: Rev. David Ignatius (For Trustees)
Notification of Bequest.
On behalf of the Trustees and Executors of the Estate of Late Jim Mansfield Sr., I once again try to contact you as my several letters were returned undelivered. I hereby decided to reach you again with this same email, as given to me by one of the witnesses to the WILL.
I write to inform you that Late Jim Mansfield Sr., made you a beneficiary in his WILL. He left the sum of Five Million, Three Hundred Thousand US dollars ($5,300.000.00) to you in his Codicil to Last Will and Testament.
This may sound strange and unbelievable to you since none of his family members seem to know you, but this is real and true.
Being a widely traveled man, he must have been in contact with you in the past or you were nominated to him by one of his numerous friends abroad who trust your ability and integrity.
Mr. Late Jim Mansfield Sr., until his death was an Irish billionaire, a property mogul and a Government contractor. He died on the 29 January 2014 at the age of 74, and his WILL is now ready for execution. According to him, this money is to help ââ¦ the poor and create jobs.â
Please, if this email reach you, do endeavor to get back to me ASAP with your full names and telephone number.
Rev. David Ignatius