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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 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Lamido Gov.sanusi" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 01:09:35 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Trusted and Honest Partner!!
It was Resolved and Agreed that your inheritance/Contract Fund would be released on a special method of payment which was given an options of Atm Platinum Card and Diplomat mode but a woman call Dr. Kirk Bowen came to my office this morning with a letter accompany with change of fund ownership certificate as the next of kin of the deices in his favor, so quickly reconfirm to this office if she was send by you otherwise confirm by SENDING THE BELOW INFO:
YOUR FULL DETAILS NAME, SCAN INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OR DRIVER'S LICENSE,CONTACT ADDRESS, PHONE AND FAX NUMBER MARITAL STATUS, BANKING DETAILS TO CLAIM YOUR FUND.
Director Foreign Affairs
Finally be aware we are not asking you for any dime as the authority has discuss with the FINANCIER who has agree to finance all the necessary documents to accompany the fund to your destination needed to make this a dream come through but all we need from you is sincerity and honesty towards this transaction.
Please go through the website (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/859479.stm)