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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Office Contact" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2021 17:50:00 +0200
Subject: Re: REPLY PLEASE
I am a lawyer from United States, A private attorney to the late Mr. David A. Mill. He died in March 2020 during Covld19 lockdown and he lost his wife to cancer 2 years ago without a child. Now the bank contacted me as his private lawyer, to present a beneficiary. Since you have comes from the same country, I want to present your name to the bank. then the bank will transfer to you the sum of $14.5 Million usd. We will share the money accordingly. Every legal formality will be handled by our law firm. I will obtain all legal inheritance documents, for successful release of the fund to you without any hindrance, once you are ready to work with me as partner.
Every legal formality will be handled by our law firm. I will obtain all legal inheritance documents, for successful release of the fund to you without any hindrance.
I will send you the complete details. Send to me your
full Name :........
Mr. Daniel Kelvin.