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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)
- "100% hitch free" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Mr.Ronald Evergreen <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2020 09:28:42 -0800
Subject: information 06/12/2020.......!!!
This email is strictly confidential and if receiving it does not
please you, kindly delete it and speak to nobody about it please
to avoid complication. For more proof about it kindly click on
the BBC News website below and read carefully to confirm every
history about the death of Mr. John Shumejda.
My name is Mr. Ronald Evergreen, i work with a well-known
financial house (BANK) here in London and I am the personal
account officer to late Mr. John Shumejda who died in a plane
crash in the year 2002 when a private jet crashed during take-off
from Birmingham Airport. I had a private meeting with My late
client same day before the crash and this gentleman had a plans
of investing over GBP Â£10 Million Great British Pounds sterling
into some venture in Dubai and make me the manager of that
venture upon my retirement in some monthâs time. Mr. John
Shumejda is a very close friend and big client, we believe so
much in me and what i advise him. I was shocked and i almost died
when i head of his sudden death after some hours both of us spoke
A few months ago I received a MEMO from my bank as his personal
account officer were i was told that since the death of Mr. John
Shumejda in 2002, no one has ever come forth as his next of kin
to make inquiry of his deposit with the Bank, therefore, i have
been mandated to search for his next of kin and present to the
bank between now and end of this month otherwise his deposited
funds will be cancelled and send to the UK Government Treasury
Account for confiscation. And all effort to locate any of his
family member has proven unfruitful and as far as i know, Mr.
Shumejda has no next of kin because he has no children and his
wife also died a few years after the death of his husband because
she could not bear the pains.
Therefore, i am contacting you to stand as my foreign partner to
claim as next of kin to late Mr. John Shumejda so that the bank
can release his deposited amounting to the sum of GBP Â£55,78
Million Great British Pounds sterling in your favor. And once the
money is released into your bank account, we will share the total
sum via the following ratio 45% for you as my trusted partner,
55% for me as the initiator and founder of the deal. I want to
assure you that this transaction is 100% hitch free as i have
everything planed out already, all you need to do is to follow my
instructions as am going to present you before the bank
management. If you are willing to work with me and you can be
trusted, kindly send the following information as to enable me
submit your application file to the bank immediately because we
have from now till middle of December to move this funds out of
COUNTRY OF RESIDENT:
PRIVATE PHONE NUMBER:
The time given to me by the bank is almost up and i cannot let
them confiscate the account as i have told that once i fail to
provide his next of kin, the Bank will turn some part of the
money to the government account and the rest will be shared among
the board of directors of the bank. I believe that this is my
chance and a great opportunity to make the most of what life has
given to me and whoever that will stand as next of kin to claim
the funds, like said before do not reply me if you have no
intention to follow me through with this transaction.
I had to make trip to to convince my directors that i have gone
in search of the next of kin to Mr. John Shumejda. Your urgent
respond is needed with your details, God Bless you and your
family. Chat me via whatsapp on:+1-413-278-0914 or write me on:
firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk more about this.
Mr. Ronald Evergreen,