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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:
- "may come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "huge amount of money" (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:
From: "Mr. James K Azuzu" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2021 15:44:32 -0700
Subject: My regards to the family.
Hello Friend, I know this may come to you as a surprise due to the amount o=
f scam emails we all receive on daily bases, but it is with a sincere and h=
umble heart that I am making this contact for our mutual benefit. My name i=
s Mr. James A Kabkaa, specializes in corporate and legal claims, a financia=
l legal representative to business moguls and politicians here in Kenya. I =
am contacting you in regards to a deceased client an Engr by profession and=
same nationality as you, who was a contractor and owner of Oil Field suppl=
y equipment company registered here in Kenya . On March 2018; my client and=
some other business men were involved in a auto accident in Nairobi-Mombas=
a Before his death, my client had (US$75 Million) with a financial institut=
ion here in Kenya. All efforts made through some Private Investigators in K=
enya have revealed no link to any of his family member. With the applicable=
law of succession there is a duration within which such claims must be app=
lied for, and as a result I am under pressure to present the next of kin or=
a relative who will claim the funds, and failure to do this would legally =
allow the financial institution to report the funds to the Kenyan Treasury =
as unclaimed funds (Lack of supersede). It is therefore my intention to int=
roduce you as the next of kin/beneficiary, Please note that I=92m legally e=
quipped with all necessary information/documentations concerning the funds.=
Upon your decision of acceptance, the release of these funds in your favor=
as beneficiary will be processed within weeks. You would be entitled to 40=
% of this fund. If you are willing to work with me on this, PLEASE REPLY ME=
THROUGH THIS EMAIL FOR SECURITY MEANSURE: (email@example.com). In conclu=
sion, it=92s my concern to demand your ultimate honesty, co-operation and c=
onfidentiality to enable us conclude this transaction. I assure you that th=
is process would be executed under a legitimate arrangement that would lega=
lly protect you and I from any breach of any law locally and internationall=
y. Please note; what drives my interest here is NOT GREED rather it would m=
ake no sense to allow this huge amount of money to go to waste when we can =
take advantage of the situation, and honestly if we don't do this; it will =
still end up in private pockets of corrupt people in government. Yours fait=
hfully, Mr. James K Azuzu #15 Mpaka Rd Westlands, P.O.Box 344-00100 GPO Nai=
robi Kenya Email address: (firstname.lastname@example.org) Please Continue reading////=
/// There is also an opportunity to make some more in Gold(AU) business wit=
hin east and west Africa, at the moment there is large quantity of gold awa=
iting a serious buyer , the terms and conditions is very attractive because=
no form of taxes, fees or levies needs to be paid by the buyer rather he/s=
he (Buyer) shall only pay for the cost of transportation and smelting of th=
e commodity from Nuggets into Dore Bar as stipulated by the export procedur=
e. If you have a better deal please discontinue from contacting me as what =
I have layed down cannot be obtained anywhere. Kind Regards, James K