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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:
- "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)
- "100% hitch free" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "this business is hitch free " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Christopher Giaimo" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Christopher Giaimo" <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2020 21:09:04 -0700
Subject: Your Consent is Required
Firstly I must solicit your confidence here, I know that a transaction Of this magnitude will make anyone apprehensive but you should be assured That at the end of it all, all
concerned will smile.Idecided to contact You due to the urgency of this matter. By introduction. I am Christopher Giamo a manager with TD Bank.i am contacting you based on mr Kim, Bongsoo,
who operate an account with TD Bank who perished in a plane crash[Korean Air Flight 801] with the whole passengers aboard on August 6, 1997.
Since the demise, I personally has watched with keen interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has come to claim his funds of US$25.7M, [Twenty Five million Seven hundred thousand united states dollars] which has been with TD Bank for a very long time. On this note,I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the Next of kin as no one has come up to be the next of kin, And the banking ethics here does not allow such money to stay this long years or money will be recalled to the bank treasury as unclaimed after this period.
I seek your concent to have you presented as the next of kin to the deceased and have these funds paid to you by the TD BANK as the next of kin.
I will not Fail to bring to your notice that this business is hitch free and that you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for fund transfer can be finalized within five banking days, after you apply to the bank as a relation to the deceased. When you receive this letter. Kindly send me an e-mail signifying your Decision including your private Tel numbers and email for quick communication.
I will provide you with full details of how this transaction will be achieve with 100% hitch free and no problem will arise from this transaction now or in the near future.