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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: Premium Fast Loans <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:32:37 +0100
My name is Abigail Lucas aged 79 living in south Africa immigrated from USA, I have spent my married life hear with my late husband ten years ago after my husband's death I was diagnosed with kidney (renal cell) cancer luckily my husband left everything for me now I have decided to donate all my assets to you for charity purpose to assist the underprivileged, and widows in your country I am donating $5, 7 million. I feel at peace donating to you for this cause, I don't know if I will win my battle with cancer, tomorrow morning. I will be having an operation , I am uncertain whether I will service this ,in case I do not service this operation I would like to wish you luck with the funds I have deposited in your account , unfortunately I will not be able to take your call at this point in time due to the current turn of events in my life as my health has declined me I am unable to have the privilege of privacy as my relatives are always around me ,my lawyer and I have already adjusted my will ,everything I have will be left to you in the event of my death , as I am deceased my lawyer will arrange the transfer of my funds to your account ,bellow are my lawyers details.
Full name: Barrister Edmond Johan Shaka,
Mr.Edmond Johan Shaka has been instructed to release a total of $5, 7 million up on receiving an email from you with the reference number provided below: Law/chamber/pz/ud/ WILL/qa5786531This guarantees that the funds will be made available to you and nobody else, everything will go smoothly as Mr. Shaka has given me great service for 20 years, However, I would appreciate your confidentiality in the matter until the funds have been released into your account. Good luck with your cause and I trust that the funds I have donated will be well used to promote the wellbeing of others.
May the Lord bless you with health, wealth, abundance and happiness.
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