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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.
- 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:
- "huge deposit" (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)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2021 16:56:52 -0700
Subject: Dear Beneficiary
LAW OFFICE OF JOSHUA .L. WILLIAMS
2836 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis,
MN 55408, United States
This will come to you as a huge surprise, this is because we have not met before, but I am inspired to send you this email following the huge funds involved and will be of mutual benefit to the both of us.
However, my name is Joshua Lafont Williams ,attorney to the late Bruce Letendre, a canadian national, who has worked and live in the states for 35 years, On the 11th of November,2008. My client,his wife And their three children were involved in a ghastly motor crash, unfortunately they all lost their lives in the event of the accident, Since then I have made several inquiries to several embassies to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has proved unsuccesful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet to locate any member of his family but has proved futile, hence I contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client,I can easily convince the bank with my legal practice that you are the only surviving relative of my client. Otherwise the Estate he left behind will be confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged.Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at about $15 million U.S dollars(Fifteen million U.S.America dollars).
Consequently,The bank issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in trying to locate any member of his extended family, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased,so that the proceeds of this account valued at $15million U.S dollars can be paid to your account and then you and me can share the money. 55% to me and 40% to you,while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your government may require.
All I require from you is your maximum co-operation to enable us get this done smoothly,also forward the following to me
Your Full Name:
Your House Address:
Your Tele-phone And Fax No:
Your Age and Gender :
please reach me via my personal email address ,firstname.lastname@example.org
I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law
If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, urge you to treat it genuinely and kindly move it to your inbox.