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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united state 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)
- "here in united kingdom" (this email uses bad English)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "foreign payment department" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- +447045717911 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Dennis Lynch <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2020 11:44:11 +0000
Subject: Deposit Number :
Re: Claim of My Partner Investment Company Fund Account / Deposit Number : 526J26548
Im Mr. Dennis Lynch, i work with a Financial Organization London Branch here in United Kingdom.
There is an account opened in this bank in 2004 and after our third quarter auditing on 9th March 2020 ,I then found this account and when I investigated deeply by contacting the assigned next of kin, I also found that the next of kin to this account was an Indonesia who lived in London for over 63Yrs and nobody has operated on this account
again after 2014.
I took the courage to look for a reliable and honest person who will be capable for this important transaction. To transfer out $63.8 million United state dollars After going through some old files, I discovered that if I do not Remit this money out urgently, it will be forfeited for nothing and the Financial Organization of Scotland management might divert the funds to their own accounts.
Please respond immediately I will use my position and influence on affect the legal approval and onward transfer of this fund into your account with appropriate clearance from foreign payment department. You will stand to get 40% while 60% will be for me. Kindly quote the
reference (acct) numbers above when responding to this mail.
I will fill you in with further details upon your reply. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: +44 7045717911
14, Great Suffolk Street,
SA30 6JB, London, United Kingdom
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