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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:
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Leslie Ozsvath" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2020 21:48:15 -0000
Subject: To the attention of this email owner.
To the attention of this email owner.
My name is Mr. Leslie Ozsvath, I work as an accountant to (CIBC) Toronto, Ontario, Canada, There is this amount of Seventy nine million seven hundred and fifty two thousand United State Dollars that was deposited to our bank by A foreigner for years now and the depositor died without next of kin, I was his account manager, Please I need your assistance as a foreigner for transferring this fund to your bank account as the next of kin for both of us benefit for life time investment, I will like to present you as the next of kin to the late Foreign customer and add your details to the account as the next of kin.
I have every detail of the late client and all necessary documents that will make the bank believe you and release the fund to you within 15-17 bank working days with your full cooperation with me. Note that 50% of the US$79,752,000.00 are for you while 50% for me after successful transfer. Contact me if you are interested. Email me directly to the below email for more details, DO NOT REPLY TO THE SENDER EMAIL! Kindly contact me directly to my personal email if you are interested in doing the business with me. I will give you more details of the transaction once you are willing to handle the funds.
Phone: +1-807-788-0702, text me or email,
Dr. Leslie Ozsvath